Since their earliest days, humans have resorted to physical violence to resolve their differences. Whether with stones, slingshots, arrows or grenades, they’ve always found a way to shed the blood of their opponents. But few innovations in warfare were quite so profound as the cavalry. With horses, men were suddenly imbued with new speed and power that altered the course of combat. In this quiz, what do you really know about the history of the cavalry?
Infantry — foot soldiers — are still perhaps the most fundamental aspect of wars. Without ground troops, armies can’t really control a battlefield. But when the first savvy riders first realized that horses could turn the tide of a battle, everything changed. Do you know which armies and leaders first realized the potential of the cavalry?
In movies, the cavalry is always good for a great scene or three. Who can forget the charge of the riders of Rohan in the Battle of Pelennor Field in "The Return of the King?"
Horses helped warlords seize and maintain their grip on lands all over the world. Then, slowly but surely, the age of the horse began to fade.
Quit your horsing around get to it. Saddle up for this cavalry quiz now!