The Horses Place in the War, Daily Racing Form, 1916-03-28


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THE HORSES PLACE IN THE WAR. The Russians are perhaps using more horses than any of tiie other belligerents at the present time. ■a] - a conimeiitor on conditions. They have drawn en the immense supplies of Siberian and other ponies. They harness up great teams of tin so small horses and pull guns and ammunition wagons and supplies of thousands of things in advance and in ntreat. Where these thousands of horses work it would be impossible to use motor traction. On tiie same subject Hugh Henry writes in a London magazine: "Since the stirring times of good Queen Anne. cavalry have over and oxer again exhibited their supreme usefulness in war. In spite of many and changing theories, the horse has retained, if not his once unchallenged pride of place in a great army, at least in a position of unassailable import nice. Time alter time, during peace, it has been hinted that his day was over. And then, tried again in w r. lie has given the lie to the theorists. Always playing a difficult and dangerous part, the nrme blanche has covered itself with imperishable glory. Through the efforts of that great cavalry commander, tie incomparable Ne.v. the remnant of Napoleons army struggl d back from Russia. To make the attack, full of dash and blooded by previous successes, or. weary in long-drawn-out retreat, to fend oiT from the army attacks of the ever-presslag foe. are the great duties of the cavalry soldier. To carry out the reconnaissance and the screening movement, to injure the enemys communication* and hinder the regular of his supplies, and thus to cripple In- mobility, are work in the almost daily routine of cavalry with a modern army. "And so the hose lias continued, amid the ever ehanglrg conditions of warfare, to tale his pi ice in all the great campnigas of the world. And so, doubtless, will be continue to do until cavalry haw vanished from the field and the power in war created by the splendid union of horse and rider has surrendered its supremacy to something undreamt of today."

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