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The Battle of the Silver Helmets was an engagement orchestrated according to the previous successes of the cavalry of Frederick the Great. It was staged so that the magnificently equipped and trained German Fourth Cavalry Division would charge into glory, sabres rattling; instead, 24 German officers, 468 men, and 843 horses were lost during the eight separate charges conducted that day. The entire right wing of the Imperial German Army consisted of only nine cavalry brigades in the Schlieffen Plan, and in the battle of 12 August 1914, two of these brigades were catastrophically beaten. This battle has not yet been explored in the English language because it took place before the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) landed in the Channel ports and well before any American involvement. British historians have also generally focused on Germany's efforts to enter Belgium through the forts at Liege, which are east of Halen. However, the Battle of the Silver Helmets so impacted century-old cavalry tradition that large-scale charges would never again be attempted on the Western Front. Thoroughly researched and hugely revelatory, The Last Great Cavalry Charge is a blow-by-blow account of the moment that the cavalry went from a prestigious, pivotal role in German Army tactics to obsolescence in the face of newly mechanised infantry. It provides essential and moving insight into the wider socio-cultural repercussions of technical military innovations in the First World War.Biografía del autor:
Joe and Janet Robinson are retired colonels from the US Armed Forces and have authored several books. Their last work was The Great War Dawning. Both are graduates of the US Army War College. They are married to each other, retired, and they live in San Antonio, Texas. Francis Hendriks is a military history enthusiast. After thirty-two years in the Belgian Army, he and his wife Sabine live in the picturesque town of Veurne in Flanders, Belgium. All of the authors have spent time together combing the battlefield at Halen.
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