French cavalry captured a Dutch warship fleet trapped in ice in 1795, “The only time in history that men on horseback captured a fleet of ships”.

The Only Time in History When Men on Horseback Captured a Fleet of Ships

The French Revolutionary Wars lasted a decade, but their strangest moment may have lasted just a few days.

The Battle of Texel remains the only instance in history where a cavalry troop — horse-riding soldiers — captured a fleet of ships. It happened on this day in 1795, though it wasn’t exactly a battle.

The winter of 1794-1795 was extremely cold in Holland, and when a storm rolled in, a Dutch fleet anchored in the strait of Marsdiep tried to shelter by Texel Island until the storm blew over, but then found themselves iced in, writes author David Blackmore. At the time, the French were fighting against the Dutch Republic as well as alongside revolutionaries within the Netherlands who supported the ideas of the French Revolution.

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11 thoughts on “French cavalry captured a Dutch warship fleet trapped in ice in 1795, “The only time in history that men on horseback captured a fleet of ships”.”

  1. sdweed1

    “Colonel, you just got promoted.”

    “To what?”

    “Rear admiral.”

  2. borazine

    Soldiers moving on horseback.

    But fighting dismounted, like regular infantry.

    Imagine that.

    Imagine dragoons.

  3. SagittaryX

    Ships maybe, but Jose Antonio Paez captured a bunch of boats on the Apure River via cavalry charge as well during the Venezuelan war of Independence, and those weren’t frozen in.

  4. Billy_T_Wierd

    The only time in *recorded* history

  5. Roberticus527

    You mean to tell me that all those ships that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle were not because of Atlanteans on the back of sea horses?

  6. RonKilledDumbledore

    so Rise of Skywalker wasn’t making everything up!

  7. _SwiftDeath

    Only time so far in history. Calvary will make a comeback just you watch!

  8. garybuttville

    This is common in aoe2

  9. therealloljet

    “Another relic of Civilization was the nature of combat where a military unit from earlier civilization periods could remain in play through modern times, gaining combat bonuses due to veteran proficiency, leading to these primitive units easily beating out modern technology against all common sense, with the common example of a veteran phalanx unit able to fend off a battleship. “

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