World War II US Cavalry Groups

European Theater

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World War II US Cavalry Groups

European Theater

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The cavalry regiments of the US Army were in the process of being transformed into a mechanized force when the USA entered World War II. While those cavalry regiments deployed to the Pacific to fight the Japanese were turned into infantry units, those sent to Europe were employed as light armor in the cavalry's traditional spearhead roles - reconnaissance, the screening of advances and flanks, and the pursuit of beaten enemy forces.

Equipped with M8 Greyhound armored cars, M5 Stuart and M24 Chaffee light tanks, and halftracks, these units were designated cavalry groups (mechanized), each c. 1,700 strong and divided into two heavily armed squadrons. They were seldom attached to divisions, but to higher-level corps commands, meaning they could be shifted around quickly and independently and be formed at need into flexible battle groups with armored, infantry, and other units, depending on the mission. Thirteen CG(M)s fought in Europe, seeing a great deal of action - they were usually the first units in contact with the enemy, and, because of their mobility and freelance role, the ones sent as "fire brigades" to block dangerous gaps.

Featuring specially drawn full-color illustrations depicting uniforms, insignia, armored vehicles, and tactical scenarios, this is the story of the US cavalry units that led the advance to victory in Europe during World War II.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Pre-war cavalry regiments – dawn of mechanization, new missions, transformation /Anatomy of the cavalry group (mechanized) – groups, squadrons, and troops /Cavalry group missions – capabilities, limitations; reconnaissance in force, covering, screening, and pursuit /Cavalry group tactics – task forces, movement formations, and squadron tactics /Reorganization and deployment – new structure, new equipment, on to Europe /Cavalry group service histories – 2d, 3d, 4th, 6th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 101st, 102d, 106th, 113th, and 115th Cavalry Groups /The cavalry groups in action – 2d, 3d, 6th, and 11th Cavalry Groups in Europe /Select bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Jul 24 2012
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781849087971
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 45 b/w; 13 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 129
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…

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Peter Dennis

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