AP Wire- Date line Ft. Drum, NY. March 10 1940.
With war clouds looming, the United States has been forced launch the first peace time draft in its history. Over the last several months thousands of young Americans have been called up for national service. These young men have flooded into existing Regular Army formations. Even the elite cavalry regiments have been saturated with green recruits.
Last week elements of the United States Army's 3rd Cavalry Regiment (The Brave Rifles), at Ft. Drum New York, took to the field to bring their fresh faced youths "up to speed" on the weapons and tactics of the modern cavalry.
Here elements of Apache Troop, 3rd Cavalry Regiment learn the basics horsemanship and mounted combat:
Meanwhile, further along the line, troopers from Captain David York's machine gun troop conduct live fire exercises with their modern Browning machine guns (M1917). These young gunners aren't just getting some target practice in though, they are also firing their guns so that the cavalrymen and their horses can get use to the frightening sounds of gun fire.
The cavalry isn't just horses any more either! Joining York's troopers are some of the Army's newest armored cars: the M3A1 White Scout Car.
When asked if his troopers were ready if war were to come Machine Gun Troop commander Captain David York (pictured in the foreground), of Huntsville Alabama, said, "These are good boys. They've worked hard and they've trained hard. They know their duty and I reckon they'll give a good account of themselves if push comes to shove."
In our next article we will meet the doughboys of the fighting 16th Infantry.