Nope, not a SAA! I was looking through FM 23-35, the Basic Field Manual for the Automatic Pistol Caliber .45 M1911 and M1911A1. Times have changed!
Do you mean like this?Those would look great as a bronze statue!
And this isn't even considering the fact that the horse's hearing, was no doubt damaged to some extent during this process, (which some might think was a form of animal cruelty)! Yeah, I know, it's just a horse...No matter how well trained, the horse couldn't really like the gun being fired so close to its ears. They can be trained to deal with it and function but not to like it.
Do you mean like this?
Lt. Col. Wickliffe Draper established the Draper Armor Leadership Award in 1924 to competitively test the leadership of small cavalry units. The award is granted annually to the best troop or armor company in a unit based on criteria established by the unit’s division or regimental commander.
I have a book called 'Lt. Ramsey's War' by Edwin Ramsey. It's about his time in the Philippines through WW2 in the Cavalry then as a guerrilla. I think he took part in that 'last charge' but it's been years since I read it.The last cavalry charge by US troops was in the Philippines...early in WWII. Following that horses in the US military were ceremonial...with some very isolated uses otherwise. In the CBI (China-Burma-India) theater and Italy mules were used during the war as motorized vehicles were unavailable or impractical.
Then the Russian Cossacks on horseback were used against German tanks at Kursk...that took balls...very large balls.
A little-remembered fact - the Polish cavalry charged German tanks at the start of WWII.
They were wiped out, but the Germans had never seen such gallantry.
Brave men, those..."
Since my grandfather was born in Krakow I heard about this (and many other stories) as
a young lad. Thanks for posting.
I have enormous respect for mounted police and their capabilities. During a large demonstration the US Park Police saved our butts from being overrun by demonstrators and kept things from really getting out of hand.
I could tell a really funny story about a US Park Police horse and President Reagan at an official event on the National Mall with foreign dignitaries but it's slightly off color and would take some time.