Combat

From:
SECOND UNITED STATES CAVALRY – A HISTORY
Compiled, edited and published by Historical Section, Second Cavalry Association
Maj. A. L. Lambert and Cpt. G. B. Layton, 2d Cavalry

Troopers from 42d Squadron going over the levee at Bayon after crossing the Moselle River Sept. 12, 1944.

Every big picture consists of many little pictures, and every little picture is made up of hundreds of tiny brush strokes. Each stroke, small and unimportant in itself is of major importance to the finished picture.

So it is in combat. Our individual actions are the brush strokes that make or break the little picture of the activities of our immediate unit. We seldom see beyond our own little picture, a hedge, a house, a crossroads. To us as individuals or as a small unit it is not important. We can not understand why we must fight and die for an insignificant village, a grove of trees, a muddy hill. As we wiggle our miserable way through the mud we tell ourselves, “SNAFU, SNAFU!”.

So in the following chapters covering our activities in combat we have tried to give a general view of the big picture from the Group level, before showing in detail a few of the brush strokes and little pictures that eventually made up the masterpiece of victory.


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