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Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Antietam 2021
- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
Oddly and idiotically enough, the British cavalry was deployed behind their neophyte armor to "exploit" the anticipated breakthrough, at Arras I believe. (Of course the lumbering behemoths that were WWI tanks were too slow and awkward to perform that job themselves!) Naturally the churned-up condition of the terrain following the initial bombardment, plus the continuation of the damage wrought by the tanks themselves totally prevented the cavalry's advance. Actually, it was more likely the introduction of the true machine gun that spelled the demise of traditional horse cavalry even before the move to trench warfare.Eventual Corps Commander Wade Hampton thought that the cavalry was to be more like mobile infantry than sword swinging horse riders. Many of his troopers were armed with long rifles to help stem an attack at longer range. The flamboyant and glorious cavalry charges of Jeb Stuart, George Custer or even Little Phil were true spectacles but the roll of cavalry eventually changed by by the end of the Civil War into WWI and beyond with those infernal machines, the tank.