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The Australian Light Horse in Palestine during World War I
The Australian Light Horse in Palestine during World War I

The Australian Light Horse soldiers were mounted infantry who served during the Second Boer War and World War I. The Light Horse differed from cavalry in that they usually fought dismounted, using their horses as transport to the battlefield and as a means of swift disengagement when retreating or retiring. A famous exception to this rule was the charge of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments at Beersheba on 31 October 1917. In 1918 some light horse regiments were equipped with sabres, enabling them to fight in a conventional cavalry role during the advance on Damascus. Image File history File links AustralianLightHorseBrigade. ... Image File history File links AustralianLightHorseBrigade. ... Map of the British Mandate of Palestine. ... Combatants Allied Powers: British Empire France Italy Russia United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary Bulgaria Germany Ottoman Empire Casualties Military dead: 5 million Civilian dead: 3 million Total dead: 8 million Military dead: 4 million Civilian dead: 3 million Total dead: 7 million The First World War, also known as... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. An infantry is a body of soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, or other... Combatants British Empire Orange Free State, South African Republic Commanders Frederick Roberts later Lord Kitchener Christiaan Rudolf de Wet and Paul Kruger Casualties Military dead:22,000 Civilian dead:N/A Total dead:22,000 Military dead:6,500 Civilian dead:24,000 Total dead:30,500 The Second Boer... Combatants Allied Powers: British Empire France Italy Russia United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary Bulgaria Germany Ottoman Empire Casualties Military dead: 5 million Civilian dead: 3 million Total dead: 8 million Military dead: 4 million Civilian dead: 3 million Total dead: 7 million The First World War, also known as... Kircholm, a 1925 painting by Wojciech Kossak. ... horse, see Horse (disambiguation). ... Soroka Hospital, Beersheba Beersheba or Beer-sheva (Hebrew: (help· info), Standard Hebrew Bəʼer Šévaʻ, Tiberian Hebrew Bəʼer Šéḇaʻ or בְּאֶר שָׁבַע Bəʼer Šāḇaʻ; Arabic بِئْرْ اَلْسَبْعْ (help· info)) is a city in Israel. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Damascus by night, pictured from Jabal Qasioun; the green spots are minarets Damascus (Arabic: ‎ translit: Also commonly: الشام ash-Shām) is the capital and largest city of Syria. ...


A light horse regiment is roughly equivalent to a battalion, but containing only about 600 men (whereas an infantry battalion would contain about 1000 men). Around a quarter of this nominal strength (or one man in each section of 4) could be allotted to horse-holding duties when the regiment entered combat. A regiment was divided into three squadrons, designated "A", "B" and "C", (equivalent to a company) and a squadron divided into four troops (equivalent to a platoon). Each troop was divided into about ten 4-man sections. When dismounting for combat, one man from each section would take the reins of the other three men's horses and lead them out of the firing line where he would remain until called upon. A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a group of battalions, usually four and commanded by a colonel. ... Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO code In military terminology, a battalion consists of two to six companies typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel. ... A Squadron is a small unit or formation of cavalry, aircraft (including balloons), or naval vessels. ... A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 100-200 soldiers. ... A troop is a military unit, originally a small force of cavalry, subordinate to a squadron and headed by the troop leader. ... Platoon is a term from military science. ...


The Australian waler horse was the common mount for the light horsemen. The Waler is an Australian working horse breed that originated from the horse stock that was bought to the Australian colonies in the 1800s. ...


All the Light Horse Regiments were converted to motorised infantry or armoured regiments during World War II (See: Australian Armoured Units of World War II). Motorised infantry is infantry which is transported by trucks or other motor vehicles. ... Alternative meanings: vehicle armour, Armor (novel) A hoplite wearing a helmet, a breastplate and greaves (and nothing else). ... Armoured units made a relatively small, but highly important, contribution to Australia’s war effort. ...


A number of Australian light horse units are still in existence today, generally as RAAC (Royal Australian Armoured Corps) Cavalry units. The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is the overall umbrella grouping of Regular Army and Army Reserve regiments equipped with armoured vehicles in the Australian Army. ... Kircholm, a 1925 painting by Wojciech Kossak. ...


The 1987 film the Lighthorsemen is based on the charge at Beersheba in 1917. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

A light horse field ambulance was an Australian World War 1 military unit whose purpose was to provide medical transport and aid to the wounded and sick soldiers of a light horse brigade. ...

External links

  • The Australian Light Horse Association
  • The Great War, 1914-1915: a collection of photographs taken by Signaller J.P. Campbell whilst on active service with the glorious 3rd Brigade of Light Horse ...

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Light horse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (357 words)
The Light Horse differed from cavalry in that they usually fought dismounted, using their horses as transport to the battlefield and as a means of swift disengagement when retreating or retiring.
A famous exception to this rule was the charge of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments at Beersheba on 31 October 1917.
The Australian waler horse was the common mount for the light horsemen.
The South Alberta Light Horse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1090 words)
The South Alberta Light Horse, or SALH, is an armoured unit of the Canadian Forces Army Reserve based at Armouries in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Edmonton, Alberta.
The South Alberta Light Horse traces its beginnings to the period of the Riel Rebellion of 1885.
The 15th Light Horse, the official direct ancestor of the SALH, was raised in Calgary on July 3, 1905.
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