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    Another little find. Oct '41. Stewy
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    I understand the reasons, but always found it interesting that
    in the 'modern era' of mechanized transport, and with all
    their advancements in technology and weaponry, the
    German Army was still using horses in WWII.

    One could also include the US Army's use of pack mules
    in Italy which were put to use because of
    the terrain.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    If it saved me from carrying those laundry baskets , then a carrot for "dobbin" it is! Nice picture. Leon.
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    "Not many people know that the greatest use of horses in any military conflict in history was by the Germans in WWII: 80% of their entire transport was equestrian. Despite all the propaganda about Blitzkreig, formidable German R&D, industrial design and production, the day to day mechanics of that fighting force involved an average of 1.1 million horses throughout the war. Of the 322 German divisions in the middle of the war - 1943 - only 52 were armored or motorized. "

    The WWII German Army was 80% Horse Drawn; Business Lessons from History | ZDNet

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    Quote by A.J. Zawadzki View Post
    "Not many people know that the greatest use of horses in any military conflict in history was by the Germans in WWII: 80% of their entire transport was equestrian. Despite all the propaganda about Blitzkreig, formidable German R&D, industrial design and production, the day to day mechanics of that fighting force involved an average of 1.1 million horses throughout the war. Of the 322 German divisions in the middle of the war - 1943 - only 52 were armored or motorized. "

    The WWII German Army was 80% Horse Drawn; Business Lessons from History | ZDNet

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    I found this very surprising also. But I found out it was because Germany didn't have a steady supply of fuel for mechanized transport. They must of came in handy during the invasion of Russia when the terrain was so muddy. I read that over 6 million horses were put to use during WW2.

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