Horse Soldiers in the 21st Century.

The war in Afghanistan is now at an end but here is the story of a victory that was helped by Afghan ponies! This is a reblog of a post I wrote in 2017.

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“1,500 cavalrymen galloped across a mile of rising and falling hollows.” And then …. “The second wave of horsemen passed through, reins in their teeth to free their hands for combat, taking the battle line forward.”  What is this? The Charge of the Light Brigade? Napoleon’s assault on Moscow? No! This is Afghanistan October 2001.

US_Special_Forces_on_horseback_Afghanistan_2001 US Special Forces on Horseback . Afghanistan 2001

Here is the full excerpt from Susanna Forrest’s book ‘The Age of the Horse”.

“In the Darya Suf and Balkh Valleys in Afghanistan in October 2001, 1,500 cavalrymen of the Afghan Northern Alliance galloped across a mile of rising and falling hollows towards the village of Bishqab, into Taliban bullets, and towards old Soviet tanks, armored personnel carriers and anti-aircraft cannon that could fire 4,000 rounds a minute. They came in two waves, carrying walkie-talkies, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, and backed by an equal infantry…

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  1. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing the history, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Amy.

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