Horses

The German army prided itself as being a modern mechanized army. The speed and ferocity of the Blitzkreig was 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 hits vehicles as demostrated 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 comonplace with the German Military. 

These photographs were taken from a number of online sources and auction sites.  They are presented here for educational purposes.