The image of the Blitzkrieg is one of swathes of massed armour and mobile forces scything across Poland, Belgium, France and Russia. Although not entirely untrue, an often over looked fact is that throughout the war the German army was primarily a horse drawn army. People describe one of their overriding impressions of encounters with the German military machine being one of the smell of leather and horses!
The German army employed over 3 million Zugpferde or draft horses during the course of WWII, many of these animals also died serving their country.
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