Cavalry, Firepower, and Swords: The Australian Light Horse and the Tactical Lessons of Cavalry Operations in Palestine, 1916-1918

@article{Bou2007CavalryFA,
  title={Cavalry, Firepower, and Swords: The Australian Light Horse and the Tactical Lessons of Cavalry Operations in Palestine, 1916-1918},
  author={J. Bou},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  year={2007},
  volume={71},
  pages={125 - 99}
}
  • J. Bou
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • The Journal of Military History
Despite their frequent description as mounted infantry, more than half of the Australian Light Horse finished the First World War as full sword-carrying cavalry, making use of both fire and modern shock tactics. This change ran counter to the traditions of the Australian mounted service, which had long emphasised rifle-based firepower for modern mounted troops. This article will examine the reasons why such a force adopted the sword in 1918, the nature of the change, and the experiences behind… Expand
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