Cavalry: A branch of military service in which every man is mounted, and man and horse work together for carrying out the purpose of the commander. Cavalry is distinguished from mounted infantry, where the horses are only used to obtain celerity of movement. Cavalry is mainly used in action to penetrate a mass of infantry which has been confused by artillery attack. They were also largely used for reconnoitring, but their duties in this direction are now largely done by aviators. 
References / notes
- Various contributors (1914). The War Book-of-Facts. 2nd Edition. A.W. Shaw Company, London p.138.
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