The German army prided itself on being a modern mechanized army. The speed and ferocity of the Blitzkrieg were based on a heavily motorized assault force. The reality was that even at the beginning of the war the army was largely horse-mounted. As the war progressed even fewer motor vehicles took the field and the soldiers relied on increasing numbers of horses and horse-drawn vehicles. By the end of the war, the 353rd had lost most of its vehicles as demonstrated in the interrogation reports from captured members of the unit during Operation Cobra. Late in the war, the use of cavalry in combat was no longer a significant thing however in their role as a means of transportation horses remained commonplace in the German Military.