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Red Warriors #2 - The Chosen Tank Battles #18 - Operation MARS #6: Grediakino III
Red Warriors #3 - Unleashing the Red God Tank Battles #30 - Operation MARS #18: Molodoi Tud River Blues I: The Penetration
Red Warriors #4 - Across the Vazuza Tank Battles #35 - Operation MARS #23: Luchesa River Valley Blues I: Forward
South Africa's War #11 - Sit Jou Kop . . . Tank Battles #44 - Operation MARS #32: Volunteers
South Africa's War #12 - Driven by Germans West Wall #10 - Like a Dose of Salts
Siegfried Line #1 - Bourheim Blues Workers and Peasants #18 - Over the River
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Horses in Tunisia
Columbus Day 2015 #1
(Attacker) United States vs Italy (Defender)
Formations Involved
Italy 5ยบ Reggimento Bersagliari
United States 1st Cavalry Division
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Side 1 2
Draw 0
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 2 votes
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3.5
Scenario Rank: --- of 586
Parent Game Columbus Day 2015
Historicity Alt-History
Date 1943-04-01
Start Time 07:00
Turn Count 30
Visibility Day
Counters 43
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 1
Maps 2: 76, 77
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 163
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 2
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Hill Control
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Smoke
Scenario Requirements & Playability
An Army at Dawn maps + counters
Columbus Day 2015 counters
Introduction

It is the considered opinion, not only of myself but of many other general officers . . . that had we possessed an American cavalry division with pack artillery, in Tunisia and Sicily, not a German would have escaped. - Gen. George S. Patton

Patton wanted horsed cavalry - or at least claimed later to have wanted horsed cavalry out of respect for his old mentor John Herr - to operate in the rough hills and mountains of Tunisia where mechanized vehicles could not go. The cavalry division would wield massive infantry firepower, which might by itself have made it successful in action.

Conclusion

While Herr clearly overstated the case for horsed cavalry in the U.S. Army, it's also clear that his opponents exaggerated the difficulties as well. Though the North African climate had changed since the days of the famed Numidian light cavalry, French colonial armies had recruited and operated cavalry regiments in Tunisia since their arrival in 1884. Arguments regarding shipping space for horses had some merit, but the superb American logistical system managed to deliver an abundance of goods - eventually including pack mules - directly to the front lines when called upon.


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