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Roger Salmon, the son of an interwar cavalry soldier, spent his working life (from 1962) in management and leadership in an industrial environment during an era when many technological and cultural changes were demanded. Retiring early from a successful business career to indulge his own passion for horses and riding - and to formally study Military History - he was curious about the process undertaken by the army to mechanise horsed cavalry. Little of consequence had been researched. Soon after embarking on finding and interviewing veteran cavalrymen, it became clear to Salmon that what little that had been written might not be either accurate or perhaps somewhat selective in explanation. Having achieved a First Class Honours Degree in War Studies at the University of Birmingham, Salmon was invited to research the subject of cavalry mechanization first at Birmingham and subsequently at the University of Wolverhampton, where he was awarded a PhD in 2014. Dr Salmon has published a number of articles on different aspects of military history. He lives in Essex and has three children and a granddaughter. He is a member of The Royal United Services Institute and The British Commission for Military History; a Freeman of the City of London; a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Launderers; and a Member of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.


This is very much a labour of love for Roger Salmon who has produced an in depth treatise based on actual documents, interviews with veterans and compares them with previous published works. * Scale Military Modelling International Magazine *
Comprehensive, engagingly written and well researched, this book is particularly recommended; and as usual, plaudits to Helion for making another excellent example of British military historical research available at an accessible price. * Society of Friends of the National Army Museum *
The bulk of the book describes well the policy arguments and technical debates prevailing in the army, industry, the Government, and amongst the public at large. * Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis *
"This is an important book not just for cavalry mechanization but for British defence policy in the inter-war years.." * Dr Stephen Badsey *
It is difficult to find fault with this thoroughly readable and informative book, which will appeal to a wide audience. * Journal of the Society of Army Historical Research *

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