Thursday, October 20, 2016

WW1: Horses With Machine Guns

 
 
In pictures, the Great War appears to be between worlds. Some of the old ways were present but we were mechanized and industrialized by then. Horses were used at the start of WW2 during the German blitzkrieg of Poland but WW1 saw much more horse action. Hollywood even made a recent movie about a WW1 soldier and his horse with the completely unimaginative title "War Horse". The Jeep would be their replacement for moving high officers around and the helicopter would become our cavalry.. 

6 comments:

Dee said...

The Germans never did manage to mechanize their army; lack of fuel was the main reason, but also not having the rubber, metal, and factories to make the trucks. So they had horses right until May '45. Most of the synthetic fuel they were making from coal was what kept the Luftwaffe in the air, the little that was left over was for the Panzers and the few trucks they could find.

If Hitler had invaded and occupied England, then one huge armored thrust south to cut the oil fields in the Caucuses from the rest of Russia, they'd still be speaking German in Europe today. Once Germany had the Russian and Middle Eastern oil, they were set. Only the US was as well supplied back then. And we weren't going to invade Europe without a base like England to start from.

No way would Germany have lost fighting one front at a time. Amazing what they did fighting everybody at once....

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

The Italians and their Eritrean troops used cavalry charges to some effectiveness in their guerrilla war against British forces in East Africa during WWII. One of the Italian officers, Amedeo Guillet, became a celebrated war hero and diplomat in Italy after the war.

Son of Brock Landers said...

LBF, love you knowledge of the Great War.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Thanks. My area of focus is irregular warfare and counterinsurgency warfare in Africa. I've been published on the subject.

The last legit use of horse cavalry was arguably in the bush wars in Southern Africa in the 1970s-1980s, where the Rhodesian cavalry and South African scouts and trackers often used their mounts as 'shock absorbers' in terrain planted with land mines.

Nigel McPhearson said...

Rhodesia and the Southern Africa post colonial wars are a fascinating history. In addition to their use of horses they also were one of the first modern counterinsurgency wars. Communist revolutions, racial strife (and HBD reality) Che Guevara, ex US nam vets going there to fight communism and start SOF magazine and use of traditionally tracking skills with a direct lineage to Robert Baden Powell the founder of the Boy Scouts.
If our media wasn't so pozzed it'd be an entire genre of incredible movies.

advanced machine guns said...

I am surprised to see a comparison of horses and machine gun. Now we have latest technologies and better way to deal with enemies. There is no world war three because top countries have missiles, machine guns and other tools which keep their enemies away.