Pre-Archaic Industrial Jargon

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 10 08:29:20 UTC 2012

Aside from "armored cavalry", which at least used to be a common
reference to tank divisions, particularly in the WWII period, I've also
heard "air cavalry" on more than one occasion. In contrast, troops using
armored transports that are /not/ tanks, are AFAIK referred to as
"motorized infantry". There is also some traditional status distinction
between cavalry and infantry both in the US and Commonwealth Nations armies.


On 3/9/2012 12:44 PM, Martin Kaminer wrote:
> Interesting point about Cavalry -- see here from Wikipedia:
> Cavalry designation
> The distinct cavalry branch ceased to exist when it was absorbed into
> the Armor branch in 1951, during the Korean War. Other regiments of
> both armored and air cavalry exist in the Army. The patches on 1st
> Cavalry Division helicopters that served in Vietnam retained the
> symbol of a horse, symbolizing the mobility that characterized the
> original horse cavalry.

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