Cavalry has been an integral part of
the U.S. Army since the days of the Revolution. At the start
of World War II, some fifteen regular horse cavalry regiments,
such as the 11th Cavalry, and dozens of National Guard units
were maintained by the Army. Cavalry was not considered anachronistic
in 1941. In fact, the cavalry arm was an elite element of the
Army's front line troops. Even after the horse cavalry regiments
had been re-cast as armored or reconnaissance units, many World
War II field commanders expressed a wish for horse-troopers.
For a brief time after the war, the old regiments found themselves
once again mounted on horses, patroling the East German and Czechoslovakian
borders as part of the constabulary charged with maintaining
order in occupied Germany.
Troopers of the
11th US Cavalry (Commemorative), A Troop at the Presidio of Monterey,
California. Left to right: Cpl. Bowen, Sgt. Klink, Pvt. Tripe.
The 11th U.S. Cavalry Regiment
(Commemorative) is a Living History Museum which honors the last
horse cavalrymen of the U.S. Army. The unit is an organizational
member of the United States
Cavalry Association. Our unit members are interested in collecting
artifacts of the cavalry and in recreating the cavalrymen of
1941 through participation in mounted drill and public exhibitions.
Our uniforms, horse equipment, riding style and formations authentically
represent the pre-World War II cavalry of the U.S. Army.
Members of A
Troop at a public appearence at Camp Parks, Dublin, California.
Left to right: Sgt. Klink, Cpl. Bowen, Trooper Berg, Cpl. Frye.
If you are interested in joining
us, or if you are simply interested in horses and history, please
explore the web site. Sources for original and reproduction uniforms
and equipment are given to all recruits and loaner gear can often
be made available for the new member's first events. Good horsemanship
following the manuals, training films and techniques of the U.S.
Cavalry School is our number one priority. So, explore our Web
site to learn more about the unit then sign
up to keep the cavalry guidons flying.
2005 Frederick E. Klink
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