Horses Used in WWI
QUESTION: What horses were used in World War
ANSWER: The following information comes from
THE HISTORY AND ROMANCE OF THE HORSE, by David
Most of the info talks about pre-WW1, but this
statement is prophetic...
"A plethora of romantic nonsense has been
written about the Civil War. None
of it is more nonsensical than the claim that
the Rebel cavalry was so formidable because every
gray-clad trooper rode a Thoroughbred or blooded
Hackney, while the Federal forces jogged to battle
on plowhorses. At the time there weren't enough
Thoroughbreds and blooded Hackneys in the South,
America, or the world to mount the Southern cavalry.
It is true the "Jeb" Stuart expressed
a preference for Thoroughbreds...."
And "Both Southern and Northern cavalrymen
rode virtually the same types of horses that troopers
had ridden in most wars--meaning all types."
Regarding WWI, these references were noted...
Next to a photograph "Uhlan units, mounted
on their dark-coated German Coacher type horses,
were still factors during the early days of WWI."
And "Uhlans wearing spiked helmets and carrying
pennoned lances rode into Belgium on dark-coated
Coachers in 1914, but there was little cavalry
action on the Western Front in the First World
War, although the Russians made extensive use
of Cossack regiments on the Eastern Front even
after the slaughter at Tannenberg. The British
shipped 6,000 horses to France with their first
divisions...but eventually returned them to England
and replaced them with mules. The mule was the
war horse of WWI when the conflict of mud-mired
attrition developed. The grand old cavalryman,
Charles Scott, who would become commander of the
armored force in WWII, was charged with supplying
the American Expeditionary Force with mules when
we joined the Allies in 1917."