Many histories have been written about the conflicts the British army was involved in between the Battle of Waterloo and the First World War. There are detailed studies of campaigns and battles and general accounts of the experiences of the soldiers. But this book by Anthony Dawson is the first to concentrate in depth, in graphic detail, on the experion of cavalry actions. Perhaps the most memorable passages record the drama and excitement of cavalry charges and the brutal, confused, and often lethal experience of close-quarter combat in a mélée of men and horses.
iences of the British cavalry during a century of warfare. That is why it is of such value.
It is compelling reading because it describes, using the words of the cavalry men of the time, the organisation, routines, training and social life of the cavalry as the fear and exhilarat
The narrative depends on primary unpublished accounts, in particular those published as letters home in local and national newspapers. These letters are a gold mine for military and social historian. Not only do they give a fascinating insight into the daily lives of cavalrymen, they also reveal their attitudes, assumptions and view of the world.
All the major conflicts and campaigns of the period are featured – Waterloo, the wars in India, the Crimea War, the Indian Mutiny, the Boer War and finally the last cavalry actions fought in the Great War.
Few books gives such a direct inside view of what it was like to serve in the British cavalry during the nineteenth century, for Anthony Dawson has compiled a remarkable record of the lives led by cavalry troopers in their barracks and on campaigns. He has also preserved their first-hand accounts of the unforgettable experience of going into battle on horseback.