BLACK HORSE REGIMENT: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment BEST COMBAT UNIT in Vietnam 1/3





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Uploaded on Mar 16, 2009

America's most capable and successful combat unit in Vietnam was the 11th Armored Cavalry (ACR) "Black Horse" Regiment--bar none. Watch this amazing documentary and learn what RIGHT LOOKS LIKE. Light mechanized M113 Gavins with armored cavalry assault vehicle (ACAV aka female machine gun light tank) gunshield kits


can roam cross-country at-will to maneuver where needed to dominate fluid, non-linear battlefield (NLB) situations:


Even Vietnam's closed terrain couldn't stop 11th ACR ground and air cavalry maneuver.

The 11th ACR was a self-contained cavalry formation (today it's the OPFOR at Fort Irwin, NTC but has deployed to combat in Iraq) with its own M48 Patton medium and M551 Sheridan light tanks backed by M109 105mm and 155mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs). It even had its own mini-Air Force of a "ThunderHorse" air cavalry troop with UH-1 Huey helicopter gunships that could also insert/extract aeroscouts.

The first thing the Black Horse Regiment did was to invite the VC/NVA to try to ambush them on their main supply route (MSR) which when they flanked them by cross-country maneuver resulted in the enemy being wiped out; restoring civilian use of linear roads.

NONE OF THIS TRACKED COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS CAN BE DONE IN STRYKER OR HUMVEE WHEELED TRUCKS. The VC/NVA would kick our asses today if we tried to fight them in our current BS wheeled trucks.

YOUTUBE user sonofrattler writes:

"Anyone interested in The Blackhorse should read Brig. Gen. J.C. 'Doc' Bahnsen's book 'American Warrior'. It is a splendid account of the valiant fighting men that served in the 118th AHC during Doc's 1st tour and a better story of The Blackhorse's efforts during Doc's 2nd tour"

Here's an U.S. Army Command & General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) report by Infantry officer, Major William Sutey on the need for cross-country MOBILITY (XCM) from M113 Gavin light tracked tanks to improve LIGHT INFANTRY FORCE mobility, protection and firepower. READ IT.



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