Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Canadian Cavalry Brigade’s Last Mounted Battle

The Canadian Cavalry Brigade was in the thick of the Last Hundred Days, the final days of World War I. The Germans had expended their energies trying to strike a final victory, and had not managed it. 

Soldier, LSH, by Ron Volstad

On October 9th, 1918, there was barely a month of war left, but at the 2nd Battle of Le Cateau, there was fighting enough for both sides. The battle involved British, French, and to a lesser extent American forces on one side, the Germans on the other.
Le Cateau was to be the last time the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), and Fort Garry Horse would take part in mounted attacks. As was the case for many cavalry actions, they were spectacularly successful—but incurred terrible losses.
Watch for more on the 2nd Battle of Le Cateau.

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