Horses in world war 2

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Saving Horses in WWII: The Untold Story of Operation Cowboy in World War 2 by Ryan Jenkins

Dive into One of World War II’s Most Unique Rescue Missions, Operation Cowboy
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Any military rescue mention is likely to be an interesting subject in its own right, but there was one that took place during World War II that was set apart from many others by one factor: the targets were not human. This book delves into the buildup and execution of a mission to rescue the prized Lipizzaner horses from Russian capture, in what was one of the most intense operations of the Second World War. Pick up your copy today!

Heres a Preview of What You Will Learn
* What were the Lipizzaners?
* The significance of the Lipizzaners
* The origins of Operation Cowboy
* Obstacles for the operation’s approval
* Important figures of the operation

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Military Horses & Mules During WW II

By Isabel Vincent. In the chaotic last days of the Second World War, Gen. Under cover of darkness, they trekked miles through dense forests and battle-scarred villages to capture the horses and place them under American protection — before the arrival of advancing Russian troops. The valuable Lipizzaner horses — snow-white and blue-black, many of them Olympic dressage champions — had been stolen from the countries that the Nazis occupied during the war. In addition to gold, jewelry and artwork, the Nazis seized the valuable horses from Poland, Yugoslavia, Italy and Austria. Indeed, as cattle cars crossed Europe stuffed with human cargo destined for the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, the horses taken prisoner by the Nazis were afforded more luxurious train cars in order to transport them to bucolic horse farms, far away from the noise of warplanes and exploding bombs.

The United States military has been steeped in cavalry tradition from the days of the Declaration of Independence. The Cavalry represents honor and valor, brave men dashing to the rescue of the weak and saving the day. Officers are the heroes and gentlemen of stories and we picture their bold horses as sacrificial, giving their lives, lying down to provide cover for the soldier under fire, slogging through the mud, and bonding with man on long bivouacs. Needless to say, cavalrymen were passionate about the path to which they devoted their lives and the horses that helped them. And when talk about mechanizing the cavalry and doing away with horses began during WWI, the pro and con arguments were strong and remained so even after the military became totally mechanized in To read more about these arguments visit In Defense of the Horse.

The bulk of the German Army—the dough feet of the normal infantry divisions—moved on shank's mare. The rifle companies' transport consisted of three-horse wagons, on which the troops loaded their packs, as did this outfit on campaign in Russia in the summer of Lone Sentry. Of the German divisions in the middle of the war - - only 52 were armored or motorized. The great bulk of the German combat strength—the old-type infantry divisions—marched into battle on foot, with their weapons and supply trains propelled almost entirely by four-legged horsepower. The light and mountain divisions had an even greater proportion of animals, and the cavalry divisions were naturally mainly dependent on the horse.

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World War II was the first highly mechanized war, and the most vivid images of the war include tanks, long convoys of trucks and jeeps, masses of bombers flying over. - The Horse Trust.

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5 thoughts on “Saving Horses in WWII: The Untold Story of Operation Cowboy in World War 2 by Ryan Jenkins

  1. Horses in World War II were used by the belligerent nations for transportation of troops, artillery , materiel , and, to a lesser extent, in mobile cavalry troops.

  2. Horses in World War II were used by the belligerent nations for transportation of troops, artillery, materiel, and, to a lesser extent, in mobile cavalry troops.

  3. Thousands of pack animals and cavalry horses in WWII labored in the German Army, and many were killed in combat or slaughtered by starving soldiers. By the German Reich possessed 3,, horses while , were initially called to the Wehrmacht as saddle, draft, and pack.

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