The charge of the Royal Deccan Horse at High Wood on July 14th 1916, two weeks into the battle of the Somme, is one of the legendary exploits of the Great War – celebrated for the courage of those who galloped up through the cornfields, and for the sheer anachronism of attempting a cavalry charge on the western front. The charge was the first made since trench warfare began, and it was the last. The regiment lost 50 casualties (nine dead); and 72 horses. This history of the famous Indian unit recounts the famous charge, and the rest of the Deccan Horse’s war service, which included deployment in Palestine in 1918 and taking part in the capture of Damascus from the Turks. A fascinating unit history which will interest all Great War history specialists, as well as cavalry and Indian enthusiasts.
ROYAL DECCAN HORSE IN THE GREAT WAR
Unit history of the Regiment which attempted the first and last cavalry charge on the Western Front – at HIgh Wood on the Somme on July 14th 1916. Of interest to all keen on the Great War, the history of cavalry and the Indian army.