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Louis A. DiMarco


Associate Professor, Department of Military History

USA Command and General Staff College

Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027


Email:  dimarcol@aol.com

Last Update: 07/13/2009

The Purpose of this website is to host various writing and web page products which I have developed, published, or are works in progress.  It also just hosts a place for me to show or write about things that interest me.  Almost all of the works are related to my interests in contemporary military affairs, military history, cavalry, and horses.


It also provides a forum where those that which to contact me to comment or ask questions about my work have the opportunity to do so.  Click "Articles and Papers" link above to access articles, papers, and other written products.


Click on the "Biography" link above to learn more about me.


Recent Additions:

Added a new section on the Scale Models that I have built.  Its a hobby that I love and hope to get back  to someday.

 Blog site continues to be updated regularly. Added a review to the War Horse Review Page.  Added several book reviews to the Articles and Papers Page.

Earlier Updates/Comments:

I'm spending a bit more time on my blog,  A Horse Soldier's Thoughts,  lately and not much time here.  The blog is much easier to update quickly and to add video, audio, and pictures to.  It isn't the best forum for certain types of information --like the historical stuff on my mechanized cavalry web page.  It also isn't a good place to permanently store my various serious writing.  So this webpage has not been superseded, merely augmented.  If you haven't checked it out, I encourage a look.

Added a new review to the War Horse Review page.  This review is from the Military History Journal, the premier journal for writing military history in the U.S.

My paper,  "The U.S. Army General Staff: Where is It in the Twenty-first Century?" on the need for an American Army General Staff has been published by the Small Wars Journal.  See my blog comments for links to a few different other publications comments on the article.

Added a GREAT new link to the perfect cavalry video at my blog site.  Click below to visit the blog:


War Horse: The History of the Military Horse and Rider

Now available through Amazon and a variety of other book venders.  If your local store doesn't have it they can order it.

(Click on the cover to go to Amazon link)

If you enjoy the book put feedback in the Amazon (or other) book review forum... thanks!

Coming soon... I will post in the articles and papers section parts of the original manuscript that didn't make it to the final published version due to space limitations.

Click Here for Some Reviews

  For more than three thousand years, the horse and rider have been an integral part of warfare. Armed with weapons and accessories ranging from a simple javelin to the hand-held laser designator, the horse and rider have fought from the steppes of central Asia to the plains of North America. Understanding the employment of the military horse is key to understanding the successes and the limitations of military operations and campaigns throughout history. Over the centuries, horses have been used to pull chariots, support armor-laden knights, move scouts rapidly over harsh terrain, and carry waves of tightly formed cavalry. In War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider, Louis A. DiMarco discusses all of the uses of horses in battle, including the Greek, Persian, and Roman cavalry, the medieval knight and his mount, the horse warriors—Huns, Mongols, Arabs, and Cossacks—the mounted formations of Frederick the Great and Napoleon, and mounted unconventional fighters, such as American Indians, the Boers, and partisans during World War II. The book also covers the weapons and forces which were developed to oppose horsemen, including longbowmen, pike armies, cannon, muskets, and machine guns. The development of organizations and tactics are addressed beginning with those of the chariot armies and traced through the evolution of cavalry formations from Alexander the Great to the Red Army of World War II. In addition, the author examines the training and equipping of the rider and details the types of horses used as military mounts at different points in history, the breeding systems that produced those horses, and the techniques used to train and control them. Finally, the book reviews the importance of the horse and rider to battle and military operations throughout history, and concludes with a survey of the current military use of horses. War Horse is a comprehensive look at this oldest and most important aspect of military history, the relationship between human and animal, a weapons system that has been central to warfare longer than any other.

For those of you looking for the Mechanized Cavalry Page... It is now located at the below link.


Mechanized Cavalry

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