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The Twilight of the U.S. Cavalry

The Twilight of the U.S. Cavalry

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In an age of nuclear deterrence, SDI, and laser technology, it's easy to forget that that the horse soldier played a vital role in the American military until World War II. The Twilight of the U.S. Cavalry describes life at the old cavalry posts and recaptures the spirit and pace of that time-honored tradition.

General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. (1895-1965) was, in the opinion of many, the most outstanding U.S. Army combat commander in World War II. He chronicled his wartime exploits in the celebrated Command Missions (1954), which focused on the harsh realities and strategies of battle. By contrast, The Twilight of the U.S. Cavalry recounts the decidedly more tranquil lives of cavalrymen in a peacetime army.

In this warm, nostalgic work, Truscott recalls fondly both the romance and the hard work of cavalry life among the regiments at Camp Jones (Arizona), Schofield Barracks (Hawaii), Camp Marfa (Texas), Ft. Riley and Ft. Leavenworth (Kansas), Ft. Myer (Virginia), Ft. Knox (Kentucky), Ft. Lewis (Washington), and Ft. Bliss (Texas). He describes "the sea of canvas" at Camp Jones, cavalry drills and "saddle technology," rigorous training, colorful commanding officers, cotillion balls, fierce polo and equestrian competitions, fabulous prairie rides, Arlington Cemetery funeral escorts, the tragic "Bonus March" by World War I vets demanding Depression relief, Ft. Knox gold trains, and the looming presence of mechanized armor.

Truscott's special brand of deadpan humor is frequently in evidence. He relates comic episodes about the supply train that lost its way, the officers' wives who tried to swing a local election, and Ft. Leavenworth's scandalous "wife-swapping" incident.

An impressionistic recollection filled with valuable historical detail, The Twilight of the U.S. Cavalry creates a rich and fascinating mosaic that will be treasured by historians and military buffs alike.

Author: Lucian K. Truscott
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Published: 04/15/1989
Pages: 220
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.67lbs
Size: 9.04h x 6.01w x 0.53d
ISBN: 9780700609321
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