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Reinforcement cavalry in Chad

(B2) No you're not dreaming, these are European soldiers on horseback. Yes, in the rainy season, the good old animal has many virtues, where 4 x 4s do not pass too much. The French of the Center Multinational Brigade have thus rediscovered this ancestral means of deployment, and are thus patrolling south of Forchana near the Sudanese border.

I don't believe that this was really planned in General Nash's initial operation plan nor in the EU's military operational concepts (you will have to think about it -:).

But, in addition to its all-terrain aspect, the horse patrol has many advantages, according to the military: discretion (not too much engine noise), going almost everywhere in places that are not normally traveled, being at the rhythm of humans and facilitating therefore contacts with the local population... All military or law enforcement officials will tell you: the horse immediately inspires sympathy...


(photo: French Ministry of Defense).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

2 thoughts on “Reinforcement cavalry in Chad"

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  • Frederic

    And it's an ecological means of transport 🙂 More seriously, where do these horses come from, the Republican Guard stud farms?

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