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Through Mobility We ConquerThe Mechanization of U.S. Cavalry$
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George F. Hofmann

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124032

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124032.001.0001

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The Struggle for an Innovative Doctrine and a Combat Car

The Struggle for an Innovative Doctrine and a Combat Car

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Through Mobility We Conquer

George F. Hofmann

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the U.S.'s struggle to develop an innovative cavalry doctrine and a mechanized force. During the 1920s, the course of developing mechanization had been deflected by the president's national military strategy, budget restrictions, the Depression, and the mind-set of the traditional line branches. It was only in 1930 that the idea of mechanized force became a goal, because it offered a new way of warfare based on flexibility, maneuverability, mobility and speed, and surprise.

Keywords:   cavalry doctrine, mechanized force, U.S., military strategy, budget restrictions, Depression

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