Accession Number:

AD1158521

Title:

Division Cavalry in Sicily: The 91st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron in Operation Husky, July-August 1943

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

Corporate Author:

US Army Command and General Staff College

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2020-06-12

Pagination or Media Count:

90

Abstract:

As the U.S. Army takes steps towards transitioning from a brigade-centric to a division-centric organization, this study draws lessons from a Division Cavalry squadron in Large-Scale Combat Operations. It follows the 91st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron CRS during Operation HUSKY-the liberation of Sicily from Axis control in July and August 1943- as they performed a variety of reconnaissance, security, and direct action missions. It concludes that division cavalry squadrons are essential to success in large-scale ground combat operations. It demonstrates the key role mechanized cavalry played in highlighting the importance of fighting as a combined arms team. Furthermore, engineers in particular proved to be a critical asset needed to enable the 91st CRS to achieve its maximum effectiveness. Fourth and finally, this study shows that the 91st CRS was capable of performing a dizzying variety of missions, yet it was most effective while performing the traditional cavalry missions of reconnaissance and security.

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Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]