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The combat arm of the land forces that fought primarily on horseback.

The increased firepower of the infantry had since the middle of the 19th century forced the cavalry into playing a diminished supporting role in military campaigns. Paradoxically, the size of the cavalry forces maintained by the European Powers rose continually throughout the period. At the beginning of the 20th century, nearly all states uniformly modified the tactics and weapons of their mounted troops, creating a largely standar…

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Gross, Gerhard P., “Cavalry”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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