January 20, 2016 by brennon
Perry Miniatures have assembled a new range of models for you to use as part of your World War II British army. These aren’t your typical soldiers though, these are mounted Yeomanry Cavalry from North Somerset and Cheshire!
The Yeomanry Cavalry were used for patrolling areas of the terrain that were harder to get to on foot and with vehicles. While they probably rarely saw action the Perry twins noted that in one particular instance they did charge a Vichy held village but the enemy were on the point of surrendering already and it seems it was more of a shock tactic.
It’s nice, and somewhat strange, to know that even in World War II the armies of the time (with all their modern technology) were still working with horses and had regiments mounted up and ready to attack with swords. I don’t imagine many cavalry charges would have gone too well against machine gun fire and tanks however.
The thundering charge of cavalry in battle had all but faded by this time but I’m sure that they could easily be used for skirmishing against enemy patrols. Being able to strike with rifles from horseback and then flee would make for some good ambushing tactics.
Will you be adding them to your army?
"I don't imagine many cavalry charges would have gone too well against machine gun fire and tanks..."