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Re: Pole Weaps versus Cav Charge

Good stuff!  Thanks T.!  I'm going to go look at it right now.  

I enjoyed the rhino charge yesterday too: somebody had to pay the damage deposit on their rental car!

-- Craig

On 8/2/2018 4:35 AM, Thomas Fulmer wrote:
I found a few early video examples of cavalry caught on film. 

From 1898 shows training of horses and was in Thomas Edison's collection

This video from: 

From same time frame shows the famous Teddy Roosevelt rough riders doing a simulated charge for the camera.

From 1900, also from Thomas Edison's collection, speed an actual cavalry charge during the boer war, but it was against artillery and guns and not against lances


On Wed, Aug 1, 2018, 17:23 Craig Barber <craigwbar@comcast.net> wrote:

So I wonder if anyone in the 1920s or 1930s caught on movie film the moment of impact between a genuine cav charge and pole weapons?  (Maybe during The River War, or the breakup of the Austo-Hungarian Empire or a Russian invasion of Turkey?)   What really happens?  I wouldn't trust written accounts from the cavalry era(s) --- due to viewpoint problems.  (Herald: "Then our stalwart yeomanry did withstand the enemy charge!" [real world: 60% casualties among the pikemen, go get more yeoman before your next battle]). 

My most vivid "memories" of it are... TLOTR: Peter Jackson has the Rohirrim pretty much pancake the poor orcs twice: Helm's Deep and Minis Tirith.  OTOH, the USMC claimed into the 1910's at least (had an elderly relative) that they were stoic enough to stop a cav charge just with mounted bayonets and discipline.   Seems like good fiction or poor memories are all we have to go on.  Someone here know of some original source material? 

-- Craig