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The Armor Branch Historian promotes and preserves the history of the mounted branch, ensuring its availability to support current and future missions/operations, including training, doctrine development, force design, and combat development.  This mission includes three primary functional areas:

  • Collection:  The collection of historical data related to Armor and its related organization and preservation within an archive.
  • Interpretation:  The compilation of historical data and insights into an accessible medium for immediate use by the Armor Branch.  The most common examples of the interpretative function include publications, information papers, and special presentations.
  • Instruction: The use of historical information and lessons learned to support ongoing training activities.

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Published books:

  • To Fight or Not to Fight? Organizational and Doctrinal Trends in Mounted Maneuver Reconnaissance from the Interwar Years to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
    Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute Press, 2010)
  • Mobility, Shock, and Firepower: The Emergence of the U.S. Army’s Armor Branch, 1917-1945
    Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, 2008)
  • Staff Ride Handbook for the Battle of Perryville, 8 October 1862
    (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute Press, 2005)

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Horse Cavalry Roots

In the colonial era America’s mounted force consisted of militia mounted on horses to cope with Indian raids or serve with the British in their conflicts with the French in North America. In this early period the continent’s heavily wooded terrain and small population limited the size of mounted units and the extent of their operations. During the Revolutionary War, a need emerged for permanent cavalry units to support the Continental Army. On 12 December 1776 the Continental Congress authorized the creation of the 1st Regiment of Light Dragoons. Authorization for an additional three regiments soon followed. Basic issue to each trooper included a coat, cap, leather breeches, and a pair of boots and spurs. Weapons consisted of a saber and flintlock pistol that each man provided for himself, while officers were further expected to supply their own mounts.

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