Field Service Marching Order, Near Side 1918

The horse has a bandolier of ammunition around its neck in the 1918 photos but not in the 1930 photos and there is no explanation in the text as to where the extra ammunition is carried. The 1918 trooper has a bayonet while the 1930 man does not but this is not accounted for. Many of the items carried in 1918 seem essential but not carried in 1930. It does say that all the extra weight was carried in 1st Line Motor Transport but that assumes the lorry can keep up with the horses moving over ploughed fields and up steep hills etc.,always managing to rendezvous with the squadrons wherever they bivouac.

The sword that is seen on his saddle is the 1912 cavalry sword which proved to be the best sword that the cavalry ever used. If only they had such a weapon at Waterloo and Balaclava but it developed very nearly too late for the machine-gun dominated fighting in WW1.

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