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Roumania's magnificent cavalery - Troopers of renown in the army of our new ally

Roumania's magnificent cavalery - Troopers of renown in the army of our new ally

 
 
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Roumania's magnificent cavalery - Troopers of renown in the army of our new ally

IN THE FIELD. GREY OF MODERN WAR; NO BRILLIANT PEACE-TIME UNIFORMS OR LANCE-PENNONS: ROUMANIAN CAVALRY CHARGING.


In the popular regard of the nation the Roumanian cavalry are considered crack troops, the ink of the service. The men are good riders and of excellent physique, are thoroughly disciplined, and know their business. They are well mounted on a first-rate type of horse native to the country. Brilliantly uniformed in time of peace—hardly the German or the Austrian hussars were more showily attired—the Roumanian cavalry are now wearing the severely plain and stern-looking field-grey which all the Allied troops in the war have adopted where khaki is not worn. Our artist sends this note recording an experience with the Roumanian cavalry on the day he made the above sketch, There was some difference of opinion among certain officers as to whether the ordinary uniform, or field-grey, looked most impressive for cavalry from an enemy's point of view in a charge. Two regiments, the one attired in the peace-time uniform with fluttering pennons on their lances, and the other in field-grey, were turned out and ordered to charge so as to put the matter to a test. "I was asked to act as judge," writes our war-artist, " and I gave my opinion in favour of field-grey. The full-dress uniforms made a glittering display of colour, but the field-grey troopers in the mass looked more formidable, heavier, and more sternly business-like as the onrush of horsemen swept by, their lance-poles bare, only tipped with gleaming points of steel."--[Drawing Copyrighted in the United States and Canada]

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09/09/1916
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The Illustrated London News, p.308
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