light cavalry
Cavalry Cav"al*ry, n. [F. cavalerie, fr. It. cavalleria. See {Cavalier}, and cf. {chivalry}.] (Mil.) That part of military force which serves on horseback. [1913 Webster]

Note: {Heavy cavalry} and {light cavalry} are so distinguished by the character of their armament, and by the size of the men and horses. [1913 Webster]


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  • Light cavalry — refers to lightly armed and armored troops mounted on horses, as opposed to heavy cavalry, where the riders (and sometimes the horses) are heavily armored. The missions of the light cavalry were primarily reconnaissance, screening, skirmishing,… …   Wikipedia

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  • Light Cavalry HAC — The Light Cavalry HAC originally was formed in 1861 as a further extension to the Honourable Artillery Company’s ‘variety of Arms’. Amongst the then duties were guarding the Lord Mayor of London, a role taken over more latterly by the Company of… …   Wikipedia

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  • 2nd Light Cavalry Division (France) — The French 2nd Light Cavalry Division was a French Army formation during World War II.During the Battle of France in May 1940 the division contained the following units:*3 Cavalry Brigade *12 Light Mechanized Brigade *73 Artillery Regiment It was …   Wikipedia

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