They were to be used as cavalry had been deployed for centuries—for scouting and reconnaissance, for screening the flanks infantry to prevent ambushes or surprise attacks, for rapid movements ahead of the main army to seize strategic points like cross-roads and river fords, to harass the enemy rear and disrupt baggage trains, over-run artillery positions, and finally in pitched battle as shock troops to shatter enemy infantry formations.
Add to Cart. Some of those at Haelen also wore silver helmets, but they never got to fight from the saddle. Belgian headquarters quickly dispatched the 4th Infantry Brigade to reinforce de Witte at Haelen. Such is the way of war. DPReview Digital Photography. All of the European armies still carried large forces of cavalry, many still carrying lances for use against tightly packed infantry formations.
Click here to view a map charting the progress of the German invasion of Belgium in August 1914. Belgian losses totalled approximately 500.
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Image Unavailable Image not available for Color: Post a Comment. Cavalry scouts sent ahead to reconnoiter along the routes to Antwerp , Brussels and Charleroi reported on August 7 a gap in the Allied line between Deist and Hay. Contemptuously ignoring the warning Germany immediately entered Belgium and formally declared war on France, the British government ordered general mobilization and Italy declared neutrality. At the end of a long afternoon of sharp fighting the German retreated, the battered 4th Division toward Alken and the 2nd Division toward Hasselt.
Learn more about Amazon Prime. Like many units of most armies, the Cavalry was still outfitted in the splendor befitting old Napoleonic glory, or an only moderately subdued version of it.
German Cavalry on the move early in the war.