Inter-War Cavalry Photographs

Although the role of cavalry and mounted horses had come into question during the Great War and the British Army began its inevitable move to mechanisation. Having said that, the role of the horse was far from over, especially overseas and in a ceremonial role and today we are looking at a selection of photographs from the 1920s or 1930s with a distinctly horse related theme. Most of the images seem to have been taken overseas, possibly in Egypt and depict every day life in a horsed unit. Exercising the horses, shoeing the horses, practicing drill on horseback and doing tricks in the saddle. One of the images however seems to depict ceremonial life in London with an artillery piece being drawn by horses. How this relates to the other photographs is unclear, but it came with the set and possibly depicts the same unit before or after their overseas deployment. The age of the horse would finally end with the Second World War, but for this brief period in the 1920s and 1930s the writing was not quite on the wall yet.

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