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THE MANUAL OF EQUITATION OF THE FRENCH ARMY FOR 1912, TRANSLATED AT THE CAVALRY SCHOOL, FT. RILEY, KANSAS – IDENTIFIED TO A GENERAL OFFICER:  This original early 20th Century U.S. Cavalry training manual is the translation of the equitation instruction manual of the French Army, originally printed in 1913 when the translation was executed and as indicated on the front piece, is a “Reprint, by the Mounted Service School Press, Fort Riley, Kansas, 1919”.  

The manual bears the authority for the translation of this manual, dated 1913 from Major General W. W. Wotherspoon, Chief of Staff of the Army, “Authority having been obtained for the use of the Manual of Equitation of the French Army for 1912, translated by 1st Lt. Adna R. Chaffee Jr., 13th Cavalry, it is herewith published for the information of the Regular Army and Organized Militia.”   I surmise that the first edition was a limited or private printing of Chaffee’s translation and only after the translated manual was circulated was it reviewed, accepted and placed into service. 

This early manual is 125 pages, in very good condition with some wear to the covers, but the pages are all intact and undamaged.  This manual was obtained from the estate of General Neal C. Johnson and the front cover of the manual bears his name.   General Johnson, a Captain when he obtained this manual, began his military career as an enlisted man in the California National Guard, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1915, served in the Mexican Border Campaign, was appointed as a Brigadier General in 1942, and served on General MacArthur’s Staff during the war and during the occupation of Japan.  

The manual not only details the riding instruction curriculum, but also illustrates the interest and examination of techniques in use by foreign powers, and provides some insight to the manner in which these techniques were adopted by the U.S. Army.  (0417)  $50


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