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§ 17

Caught in the open, its only defence will be in dispersion over the widest possible front or area, otherwise it must take to the woods or whatever other cover is available Further, it wil be mpossible for it to undertake dismounted action, for the led horses (the bugbear of dismouuted cavalry) will be either stampeded or destroyed, and its existence as an effective unit will be at an end.

§ 18. As Affecting the Cavalry Arm It must not be supposed, however fully the present anticipations fighting machine may be realised, that the valne of cavalry is at end; this is not the author's view. It is probable that campaign, the cavalry Arm will cease to play the important rôle that at present is, and has hitherto been, assigned to it, aud that out of advance posts and reconnaissance will on the armed and armoured of the development of the aeroplane as an in the early stages of a battle, or of a the pushing devolve 1more and more motor-car and aeroplane. However this may be, there will still remain country in which cavalry tageously employed, country in which cover forests, etc.) is plentiful, where mounted men are seCure from aerial observation and attack, and where a mounted force is virtually the only terrain can be effectively reconnoitred

Thus, also, in wooded country, in the reconnaissance that accompanies or precedes would seem be advan can (woods, by aid of which the means the march, it probable that the aeroplane and cavalry will an army on be used in conjuction, the more distant work being accomplished by the aeroplane, whose presence would also ensure the protection of the cavalry from hostile The detail work, including the holding of aircraft. bridges and advance positions of importance, also the location of and dealing with any patrols or other bodies of the enenmy that may be

encountered, will be accomplished by the cavalry. The obvious disadvantage of the