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 Post subject: Cavalry Orderly and his Horse
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:40 am 
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Taken in October 1862, this is an image of a Cavalry orderly and his horse in Antietam, Maryland. People often forget just how important horses were to functionality of the armies of the Civil War. Nearly one million horses were employed by the Union alone.


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 Post subject: Re: Cavalry Orderly and his Horse
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The German Army in 1939 entered WWII with 514,000 horses... using 2.5 million by 1945. I believe second only to the Soviet Union at 3.5 million. We think of the Germans as mechanized infantry and blitzkrieg tanks, but 80% of their transportation and artillery was horse drawn. By February 1945 the Wehrmacht deployed some 1,198,724 horses; the army had 1,060,106, the Luftwaffe 37,072 and the Navy 1,566.

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