World War II US Cavalry Groups

World War II US Cavalry Groups

European Theater

Elite 129
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 129
  • Publication Date: 20 Jul 2012
  • Number of Pages: 64
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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. 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.

Biographical Note

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.


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
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