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Old 02 Jan 09, 13:34
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Hey, does anyone have anything on the Ecole de Cavalerie during World War 2, does anyone know about that? How the students fought the Germans and helped make it possible for the Dunkirk scene where all those soldiers escaped over the Channel?
I've looked all over and I can find no information on it! Help someone!
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Cadets de l'école de Saumur ?

The only WW2 French event with the "école de cavalerie" I know is : The Battle of Saumur.

Side notes: Saumur is a nice city ( I live nearby ), it still has an "Ecole de cavalerie" you can visit, as well as a great armor museum.
The nowadays military task of this school ( re-named "École d'application de l'arme blindée et cavalerie" ) is to train armored-reco drivers.

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Yeah, I think that is it, where all the students of the cavalry school fought the Germans, and lost, but it was still an epic battle, do you know any details?
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Thanks for the link, that did give me some information!
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Yeah, I think that is it, where all the students of the cavalry school fought the Germans, and lost, but it was still an epic battle, do you know any details? Thanks
Sorry I'm more a WW1 than WW2 guy, the French Wikipedia is a bit more informative on this subject than the English one, I'll try to translate it and dig aroud on the net when I get time.
Perhaps some other forum members have more info than I, and will post before me ...

Anyway: stay tuned

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There is a thread on the Axis History forum on this battle, it might be of interest to you,
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtop...9&hilit=Saumur
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The only good link I could dig is in French ( here ), and does not add many things to the link posted by Redcoat which is a good summary of the battle.

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Hey, does anyone have anything on the Ecole de Cavalerie during World War 2, does anyone know about that? How the students fought the Germans and helped make it possible for the Dunkirk scene where all those soldiers escaped over the Channel?
I've looked all over and I can find no information on it! Help someone!
read the book called 'the last brigade', ('la derniere brigade' in french),
by Maurice Druon it's about the heroic defense of the Cadets of the
'Ecole de Cavalerie de Saumur' during WW II in june 1940 against
tanks of german army. They had only few canons and horses to fight.
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another good book is "Dunkirk Crescendo" by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Part of the plot is the heroic defense of the Ecole de Cavalerie.
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This may be of little help & too late but the school and the fight the students put up is described in some "detail" in the well researched historical 1994 novel "The Twilight of Courage" by Bodie & Brock Thoene covering 1939-1940 and the events leading up to the "Miracle of Dunkirk".
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They were also using very outdated weapons, their stores being mainly used for parade and ceremonial purposes. Old Berthier m.1892 carbines and Gras m.1874/14 rifles.

The fight these cadets put up, considering the odds stacked against them, is definately one for the books. I've a book somewhere which states that one, maybe two German newspapers even paid tribute to their courage.
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