It is often forgotten that the German Wehrmacht of 1939-45 relied heavily upon horses. Not only was the majority of Army transport and much of the artillery dependent on draught horse teams; the Germans also kept a horse-mounted cavalry division in the field until the end of 1941. After withdrawing it, they discovered a need to revive and greatly expand their cavalry units in 1943-45. The Army and Waffen-SS cavalry proved their worth on the Russian Front, supported by other Axis cavalry contingents - Romanian, Hungarian, Italian, and locally recruited. In this book an experienced horseman describes that last generation of horse-soldiers in a text supported by tables, photographs, and meticulous colour plates.
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Table of Contents
The pre-war German cavalry · Operations of the 1st Cavalry Division and of mounted reconnaissance units in Poland and France, 1939-40 · Operation Barbarossa - German cavalry in Russia, June-December 1941 · Expanded roles for cavalry from spring 1942 - typical operations: anti-partisan warfare, and reconnaissance · The Waffen-SS cavalry · Axis cavalry: Cossacks, Kalmyks, Italian, Rumanian and Hungarian units · Support services · Equipment and weapons