They saved horses: now the casualties of Operation Cowboy finally get their due

20 05 2006

Leaders of the great horse raid, whose sacrifice has finally been recognized: Left, Lt. Col. Walter J. Easton, Commander, 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Group. Right, Col. Charles H. Reed, Commander, 2nd Cavalry Group.

Disney was clearly more interested in tugging heartstrings than in recounting history when it released the 1963 action movie Miracle of the White Stallions, about the Allied effort to save hundreds of famed Lipizzaner horses from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia during the last days of World War II.

Now, 61 years after the event, the mayor of a small west Bohemian town and a handful of war veterans want to reframe the conventional version of the mission to honor the soldiers who lost their lives to save a piece of European culture.

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4 responses

22 02 2007

very insightful read, thankyou.

24 02 2007
Cure illness

Thanks for the great site and articles, love it!

27 03 2007
Lipizzaner Museum « Bridlepath

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12 02 2010
john carnett

is this charles reed from somerset, ky. he was a cousin of ours by marriage, and he did tell us stories of serving with gen. patton, but we cannot remember any about operation cowboy. mrs. herrman, who owns the lippizaer stable is also interested to know. if ayone can educate us more about this col. reed, then please do so.

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