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Pat Holscher
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Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:05 pm

Horsemen In No Man's Land: British Cavalry & Trench Warefare 1914-1918 by David Kenyon
Pen & Sword
2011


Simply excellent.

Short, densely packed with facts and analysis, and highly readable, this is the best book on its topic, even correcting Angelsey in numerous ways. It corrects the perception that British cavalry wasn't used in the Great War, and analyzes the specific actions in which cavalry played a role. Perhaps for the first time since the after action reports of the war, this includes the numerous small actions in which cavalry was used, often to great success, particularly after junior officers started to exploit some operational freedom.

The book also analyzes the use of the British cavalry in terms of success, both large and small, and reaches some interesting conclusions on the tactical abilities of cavalry and how it could have been more effectively used based on actual instances in which it was.

This book is a must for a student of World War One. Those who think they understand the story of the British Army in the Great War do not until they've read this book. Cavalry students who are looking for a book on the topic of World War One will also find this volume a necessary one for their libraries.
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Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:48 pm

Sounds interesting Pat, so I just added it to my Kindle. Thanks.
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