Skip to comments.Today in US military history: a US cavalry charge in Afghanistan
Posted on 11/09/2018 7:56:40 AM PST by fugazi
Today's post is in honor of Capt. James D. Nehl, who was killed by enemy small-arms fire on this day in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province. Nehl was a company commander in 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and had served as an enlisted soldier in the 75th Ranger Regiment before earning his commission.
1822: During an anti-piracy cruise in the Caribbean, the brig USS Alligator - the third of four so-named U.S. warships - intercepts a flotilla of American ships captured by pirates near Cuba. Lt. William H. Allen, Alligator's commanding officer, is mortally wounded when he and his sailors board the heavily-armed schooner Revenge, but his crew retakes all but one of the eight ships.
1906: Theodore Roosevelt boards the battleship USS Louisiana (BB-19) and heads south to inspect construction on the Panama Canal - marking the first foreign trip by a sitting U.S. president.
1942: U.S. troops advance on Oran, capturing 2,000 French soldiers after some hard fighting. Off the coast, Allied warships sink three French destroyers. Meanwhile to the east, German paratroopers land in Tunisia. And to the west, Maj. Gen. George Patton's soldiers fight to secure the beachhead at Casablanca.
1944: Boeing's new long distance transport prototype makes its first flight. The new cargo plane is essentially a B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber, but with a significantly larger fuselage. The Stratofreighter enters service in 1947, participating in the Berlin Airlift, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Most of the nearly 900 airframes are KC-97 aerial refuelers, but Strategic Air Command puts a few platforms into service as aerial command posts, while other C-97s serve with Aerospace Rescue and Recovery squadrons.
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Was told the other day by anothe rFReeper, this was not a ‘cavalry charge’ but a Dragoon movement................
Some FReepers are picky...................
This would depend upon the engagement. Dragoons typically rode into battle but dismounted. A cavalry charge uses their horse as the primary instrument to engage the enemy and continue the fight on horseback. The event in question would appear to be an actual cavalry charge and engagement.
Yes, cavalry classically means ON horseback, but dragoons MIGHT be on horseback (classically they’d ride in, but many times they’d also fight on horseback; hence the sabers and pistols and carbines - all easier to deal with on a horse than a full-length musket or straight stabbing sword).
My wife’s late grand father was in one of the last US Army cavalry units in the 1930’3-40’s. He retired to Cheyenne Wyoming. Hell of a nice guy, I met him once before he passed. Unfortunately he was married to the proverbial witch from the flames of hell until the day he died.
“marking the first foreign trip by a sitting U.S. president.”
Didn’t president Jefferson go to France?
Jefferson didn’t go to France while he was President. It was a rule that Presidents would not leave US territory, basically following Washington’s admonition against “foreign entanglements.”
Of course, Teddy Roosevelt broke the tradition and became the first President to walk on foreign territory, just a day or two before leaving office, when he went to lunch at the Austro-Hungarian embassy in Washington DC. No President had ever before stepped on foreign territory in an embassy or otherwise.
He had earlier visited Cuba and Panama as President, but that was technically U.S. held territory, so not foreign soil.
In 1910, Taft met the Mexican president halfway on a bridge but both were careful not to step on the other’s side.
Woodrow Wilson explicitly stepped on foreign soil on his trip to Europe to try to set the NWO v.1 after WWI.
I had a great-uncle who was one of the last cavalry soldiers. Also served in Korea.
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