What is Heavy Cavalry?

Introduction Heavy cavalry was a class of cavalry intended to deliver a battlefield charge and also to act as a tactical reserve; they are also often termed ‘shock cavalry’. Although their equipment differed greatly depending on the region and historical period, heavy cavalry were generally mounted on large powerful warhorses, and were often equipped with… Read More

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What is Cavalry?

Introduction Cavalry (from the French word cavalerie, itself derived from “cheval” meaning “horse”) are soldiers or warriors who fight mounted on horseback. Cavalry were historically the most mobile of the combat arms, operating as light cavalry in the roles of reconnaissance, screening and harassing in many armies, or as heavy cavalry for decisive shock attacks… Read More

What is the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR)?

1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR), a unit of the British Army’s Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). The DATR was formerly known as the Defence Animal Centre. 2.0 What does the DATR Do? The DATR delivers animal handling training for more than 400 personnel and role specific training for hundreds… Read More

Analysing Colic in the British Military Working Horse Population

Research Paper Title Colic in the British military working horse population: a retrospective analysis. Background Colic is a common and potentially life-threatening condition of horses. Multiple risk factors have been previously identified and it is known that a careful management routine can help reduce colic rates. The British military working horse population represents a unique… Read More