From the Vault: General Patton on Mechanization and Cavalry circa 1930

People generally think of General George Patton as an early advocate of the tank in the period between the world wars.  While he was involved in some of the earliest uses of tanks during WW1, he realized after the war that for the sake of his career he was better off transferring to the Cavalry.  While he would advocate for the use of armor in the US army, he also continued to speak out on behalf of the traditional horse mounted cavalry in the interwar period.  A good example of this are the two articles presented below from the April 1930 and July 1930 issues of The Cavalry Journal.  Titled “Mechanization and the Cavalry” and “Motorization and Mechanization in the Cavalry”, these articles illustrate Patton’s thoughts on the appropriate role of armored vehicles compared to those of the horse cavalry, arguing that the two could be used to compliment each other.  Unfortunately, the print quality of these articles is not great, but they are legible.

Mechanization and the Cavalry April 1930

Motorization and Mechanization in the Cavalry July 1930