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Riding to ArmsA History of Horsemanship and Mounted Warfare$
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Charles Caramello

Print publication date: 2022

Print ISBN-13: 9780813182308

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813182308.001.0001

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Light-Horse, Dragoons, and Others

Light-Horse, Dragoons, and Others

(p.64) 3 Light-Horse, Dragoons, and Others
Riding to Arms

Charles Caramello

University Press of Kentucky

Shifting from horsemen and the military application of horsemanship to horse soldiers and cavalry theory and practice, the lengthy Chapter 3, "Light-Horse, Dragoons, and Others," traces the rise and fall of horse cavalry over the "long nineteenth century" (Napoleonic Wars through Great War of 1914-18), mainly in Great Britain and the United States, using period treatises and histories on military horsemanship and cavalry tactics, and ending with Great War postmortems on the future of horse cavalry in mechanized warfare. It focuses mainly, though not exclusively, on an ongoing debate between traditionalists advocating mounted fighting with sabers and reformists advocating dismounted fighting with carbines or rifles, a debate culminating in the "arme blanche controversy" of the pre-Great War years.

Keywords:   horse soldiers, cavalry, "long nineteenth century", tactics, heavy cavalry, light-horse, dragoons, horse artillery, doctrine, cavalary spirit

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