When Germany invaded Poland in September, 1939, twelve of Poland's divisions were cavalry, armed with lance and sabre, and they were no match for tanks. Each pocket was relentlessly bombarded and bombed, and once food and ammunition had run out had little choice but to surrender.
#USArmy Soldiers, assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, perform a cavalry charge in the air and on horseback in preparation for CAV Week on Cooper Field, Fort Hood, Texas, June 11, 2015. The charge is an historical tactic used to shock the enemy and make it difficult for the enemy to aim ranged weapons. #Army #Cavalry U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf
During WW2 the US continued fielding horse cavalry units and practice training.The last horse Army cavalry charge took place against Japanese forces during fighting in Bataan in the village of Morong on 16 Jan 1942, by the 26th Cavalry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts.
Ottoman mail and plate armor for horse and soldier, this type of armor became the standard equipment for the heavy cavalry under the Timurids (1370-1506), the Mongol successor empire which ruled from Samarkand, and under the Ottoman Turks. These cavalry, armed with bow, sword and sometimes lance, were the main component of all medieval Islamic armies. Les Invalides Museum of Arms and Armor, Paris France.