French cavalry captured a Dutch warship fleet trapped in ice in 1795, "The only time in history that men on horseback captured a fleet of ships". smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Persians were capable of conquering such vast terrain because of their superior horsemanship and powerful cavalry. This made them stronger than anyone else in Western Asia and allowed them to easily defeat enemies and take over the land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ach…
Today I learned about the Buffalo Soldiers, all-black regiments formed after the Civil War. Active during the Indian Wars, the 10th Cavalry were first nicknamed "Buffalo Soldiers" by Native Americans who thought the men were fierce fighters whose hair resembled a buffalo's coat. nps.gov/chyo/learn/histor…
In 1932, a group of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, DC to demand early payment of their service bonuses. President Hoover called in the Army to disperse the protestors. With a force of 500 infantrymen, 500 cavalry, and 6 tanks, the Army succeeded, and two veterans were killed. britannica.com/event/Bonu…
Today I learned of Heros von Borcke, a Prussian cavalry officer who served as a Lt. Colonel in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. He was shot in the neck at Gettysburg and died from sepsis as a result of the wound 32 years later in 1895. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned about Benjamin Grierson, a music teacher who was kicked by a horse when he was a kid and therefore hated horses. He would become one of the best Union cavalry commanders in the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
In the 16th and 17th centuries, English people literally bought their military ranks. In 2020 USD, 130k or so for cavalry, up to 1.6 million for lt. colonel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
The term "thin blue line" is derived from the Thin Red Line, a formation of the 93rd Highland Regiment of Foot of the British Army at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, in which the Scottish Highlanders stood their ground against a Russian cavalry charge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
In 1795, French Hussars captured the Dutch fleet in a cavalry charge. A frozen bay immobilized the Dutch ships and allowed horsemen to ride out and force a surrender. The Battle of Texel is the only documented occurence of a "naval" skirmish between warships and cavalry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned of Medal of Honor recipient Private James Dunlavy, Third Iowa Cavalry, USA. He single-handedly captured Confederate General John S. Marmaduke when the general, while trying to rally his retreating soldiers, mistook Pvt Dunlavy for one of his troops. kshs.org/kansapedia/mine-…
Today I learned of Amedeo Guillet, an Italian WWII officer who led the last-ever cavalry charge against the British Army and won. The last cavalry commander in history, he died in 2010 at the age of 101. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Merian C. Cooper, director of the original King Kong, led the KoΕ›ciuszko Squadron (a 21-American volunteer air force) in battle against the Soviet 1st Cavalry Army, saving the city of LwΓ³w and stopping the spread of communism throughout Europe. polanddaily.com/39-merian…
Heels were first made by the Persian cavalry to keep stability while shooting arrows. It later became popular in Europe as masculine symbol until 1630 when women followed the fashion. First a military asset then a masculine symbol and now feminine. bbc.com/news/magazine-211…
Bismarck, ND, was considered the most wicked town in the west, largely because of a street known as Bloody 4th, or Murderer's Gulch. Law enforcement avoided the area; however, the US Cavalry did march into the street and had a shootout. midwesternscout.com/livin…
The setting for Ghost of Tsushima is based on an actual Mongol/Yuan invasion of Japan, starting at Tsushima Island in 1274. The invaders landed on Komoda beach, were held there until evening, where the battle ended in a final cavalry charge that ended with all of the defenders being slain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
At the age of 72 General BlΓΌcher was trapped under his horse and trodden on for several hours at the battle of Battle of Ligny. BlΓΌcher took a liniment fortified with schnapps and rejoined his army; where he led the cavalry to victory at the Battle of Waterloo the next day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geb…
USA had thousands of horse mounted "mechanized" cavalry in World War II and horses were eventually replaced by Jeeps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Today I learned of Grierson's Raid during the American Civil War. Union cavalry rode over 600 miles through Confederate territory destroying railroads, freeing slaves and inflicting ten times the casualties they received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
An army's "infantry" is so named because it originally denoted soldiers who were too young or inexperienced to be entrusted with a horse and be part of the cavalry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Cavalry Commander in Wellington's Army lost his leg at Waterloo.As it was being amputated, he smiled and said "I have had a pretty long run. I have been a beau these 47 years and it would not be fair to cut the young men out any longer".His amputated leg became a popular tourist attraction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The 26th Cavalry Regiment (Philippine Scouts) was the last US Cavalary regiment to engage in horse mounted warfare. They operated well into WW2 and even once repulsed a Japanese Tank Assault at Binalonan, Pangasinan wikipedia.org/wiki/26th_C…
The largest cavalry charge in history occurred during the 1683 Turkish siege of Vienna. The Polish king led 18,000 German and Polish Cavalry in a charge that broke the Ottomans line and won the battle. The king paraphrased caesar, saying "I came, I saw, God conquered" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard: A french knight considered the epitome of chivalry and who rates as one of the greatest cavalry leaders of all time. One of his many exploits include single-handedly defending a bridge against 200 Spaniards at the battle of Garigliano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
, Nadezhda Durova (1783-1866), daughter of a Russian Army Officer, disguised herself as a man, serving in a Cavalry Regiment during the Napoleonic Wars. She was the first recorded Female Officer in the Russian army, and was awarded the Cross of St George for bravery under fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
Today I learned of The Porvenir Massacre, an incident on 1918 outside the village of Porvenir in Presidio County, Texas, in which Texas Rangers, U.S. Cavalry soldiers, and local ranchers killed 15 unarmed Mexican villagers, both men and boys. Then razed the village to the ground days later. texasmonthly.com/the-cult…
Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, France's first black general and father of Alexandre Dumas, once fought a cavalry squadron by himself and remained unscathed! businessinsider.com/thoma…
Sweden experimented with a Moose cavalry in the 1700s stockholm.headsaflamemedi…
The Dutch Navy once Surrendered to French Cavalry historynet.com/dutch-navy…
Today I learned of Mrs. Nash, an army laundress with the 7th Cavalry, who was actually a man. He kept his identity hidden even though he was married multiple times. The fact that Mrs. Nash was a man wasn't discovered until his death. midwesternscout.com/the-m…
Over 16 million animals served in World War One. Both sides had large cavalries, camels were used in desert campaigns, dogs and pigeons carried messages, canaries were used to detect gas, and cats and dogs were trained to hunt rats in the trenches. Various animals were used as mascots too. iwm.org.uk/history/15-ani…
In 1872/3 the so called "Great Epizooic of 1872" spread throughout North America, infecting more than 75% of all horses. While rarely fatal it wreaked havoc in US economy and forced the US-cavalry and the Apache for some time to fight each other on foot. It was one cause for the 1872 Boston Fire horsetalk.co.nz/2014/02/1…
The Hussards de la Mort or Death Hussars were a French light cavalry company formed during the French Revolution. They wore all black and had the motto, 'Victory or death, Freedom or death, Live free or die' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hus…
Today I learned of Witold Pilecki a Polish Cavalry officer who volunteered to be smuggled into Auschwitz in order to later escape and tell of the horrors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
William Washington, a cavalry officer of the Continental Army, bluffed 112 Loyalists into surrendering a strongly fortified homestead without firing a shot by use of a "Quaker Gun", mounting a felled tree trunk on wagon axles to resemble a cannon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I Learned that shortly after the last U.S. Cavalry charge in history, the unit was forced to eat its horses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Before and during the civil war the United States had a corps of camel based cavalry in the Southwest. However they were only ever used for baggage transport and we're disbanded shortly after the war and sent to auction. texasbob.com/txdoc/texdoc…
Despite being exhausted and surrounded by an overwhelming number of Aztec forces, Hernan Cortes was victorious at the Battle of Otumba. For the first time he was able to use cavalry charges, for which the Aztec were unprepared. Previously they had only known horses as beasts of burden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Maria Lewis, a 17 yr old emancipated slave who disguised herself as a white guy and fought in a Union cavalry unit for over two years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The USSR tried to domesticate moose for use in a Communist cavalry. atlasobscura.com/places/k…
The Polish cavalry charge against German tanks was a myth stoked by Nazi propaganda. In reality, the cavalrymen successfully attacked infantry. Some were even equipped with antitank weaponry. youtube.com/watch?v=HUgV8…
The Soviet Union attempted to domesticate moose for use in a cavalry. slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
Today I learned of the Great Stirrup Controversy, which proposes that feudalism in Europe was caused by introducing stirrups to cavalry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 1932, 15,000 World War I veterans set up camp throughout Washington DC to force Congress to immediately pay their bonus. They were forcibly removed by tanks and cavalry. eyewitnesstohistory.com/b…
Chess derives its origin from Indian game called 'chaturaαΉ…ga', which translates as "four divisions (of the military)": infantry, cavalry, elephantry, and chariotry. These forms are represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The largest cavalry charge in history took place during the 1683 Turkish siege of Vienna. 18,000 German and Polish Cavalry charged the Turks, killing many and forcing them to flee. The Polish king Jan Sobieski paraphrased Caesar,saying "I came, I saw, God conquered". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1795, French cavalry charged across the frozen bay at Den Helder to capture a trapped Dutch fleet. It is the only time in history a naval fleet has been defeated by a cavalry charge. wikipedia.org/wiki/Captur…
In 1795, a French cavalry unit surrounded the Dutch navy, which was blocked in by ice near Texel Island. The cavalry commander demanded and received the navy's surrender. This was not only a rare bloodless defeat but a rare defeat of a navy by cavalry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Ming-Na Wen, who portrays The Cavalry on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was also the voice of Mulan. And she's 50 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The official coat of arms for the US 40th Cavalry Regiment features a dinosaur wielding a flaming sword en.wikipedia.org/wiki/40t…
Today I learned of Nadezhda Durova, a female soldier who disguised as a man, joined the Russian cavalry and saved the lives of two fellow soldiers and was promoted by Alexander the First to lieutenant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…

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