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numbers fluctuated constantly due to casualties and the ebb and flow of replacements (See
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6 x M8 HMC 17 x M5 or M24
75mm ASLT Light Tanks 1
Each cavalry section contains
X 3~ 1 8 A ored Car
1 Jeep w/ 60mm mortar
1 Jeep w/ .50 caliber MG
Figure 1. Standard Organization of a Mechanized Cavalry Group
As can be seen by the above organization, the mechanized cavalry groups were not
organized for heavy combat at all. With only 27 dismounts in a reconnaissance troop, as
compared to over 100 in a rifle company, the cavalry was not very suited to dismounted infantry-
type combat where numbers are significant.53 Moreover, with the heaviest vehicles in the
52 "History of the 113th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron 1 Jan 1944-31 Dec 1944", record CAVS113,
entry 427, RG 407, National Archives II, 1.
53 Note that the troop had significantly more men that 27 troopers, but the demands of placing soldiers as
drivers of vehicles and manning all vehicle mounted machine guns reduced the numbers of available troopers that
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