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monograph arguing that cavalry branch failed to adapt to the changing nature of warfare and that
this failure led to battlefield difficulties. Louis DiMarco then wrote his master's thesis on the
failed doctrine of the mechanized cavalry, and argued that the cavalry's success hinged upon
ignoring the new doctrine while retaining the best of the old procedures of the horse cavalry.
Matthew Dooley then followed DiMarco's thesis with his own, in which he rails against
separating reconnaissance and security into different formations, using the mechanized cavalry
as his first exhibit.2
Despite this small surge in scholarly work, it was not until 2006 that the first book on
mechanized cavalry in nearly a generation arrived, George F. Hofmann's Through Mobility We
Conquer. Creating the seminal background work on the topic, Hofmann nevertheless steered
away from controversy in his book. Harry Yeide followed two years later with his Steeds of
Steel, a brief synopsis of the cavalry's combat operations in the war, with much less detail than
Hofman, though he did include information on cavalry operations in the Pacific. Matthew
Morton's recent work, Men on Iron Ponies, presents a narrower but more tightly focused work
on the cavalry, and is currently the best work on the subject, except for Hofmann's overarching
work. Finally, Robert Cameron, best known for his synthesis on the history of the armor branch,
Mobility, Shock, and Firepower, has produced the newest scholarship on cavalry in his work, To
Fight or Not to Fight? published in 2010. This work addresses many of the same issues of
mechanized cavalry as the others, but continues the story ofHofmann's work that ends in 1950,
by recounting the history of cavalry and reconnaissance forces to the present day. All of these
2 John N. Tully, "Doctrine, Organization and Employment of the 4th Cavalry Group During World War II,"
Master's Thesis, United States Army Command and General Staff College, 1994; Dean A Nowowiejski,
"Adaptation to Change: U.S. Army Cavalry Doctrine and Mechanization, 1938-1945," Monograph, U.S. Army
School of Advanced Military Studies, 1994; Louis A. DiMarco, "The U.S. Army's Mechanized Cavalry Doctrine in
WW II," Master's Thesis, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1995; Matthew A. Dooley, "Ignoring
History: The Flawed Effort to Divorce Reconnaissance from Security in Modem Cavalry Transformation," Master's
Thesis, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2006.
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