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Armoured Cavalry Branch Training School

The Armoured Cavalry Branch Training School () is a French military training establishment at Saumur. Originally set up to train the cavalry of the French Army, it now trains the troops of France's arme blindée et cavalerie (Armoured Cavalry Branch) in reconnaissance and armoured warfare.



In 1763, Louis XV (via the Duc de Choiseul) reorganised the French cavalry. A new school for officers from all the cavalry regiments was set up at Saumur, managed and supervised by the "Corps Royal des Carabiniers" - since its inception the school has been hosted in the carabinier regiment's quarter of the town, latterly in a magnificent 18th century building. This functioned until 1788. At the end of 1814, after the First Restoration, Louis XVIII set up the "École d'Instruction des Troupes à cheval" in Saumur. Its activities declined from 1822 onwards so it was regenerated by Charles X under the name of the "École Royale de Cavalerie" (later renamed the École impériale de cavalerie de Saumur). Most of its building complex was taken up with a military riding area and a riding-academy training hall. From 1830, with the disappearance of the École de Versailles, Saumur became the capital and sole repository of the French equestrian tradition, and its knowledge (such as in the Cadre Noir and its training regime in dressage) is still recognised throughout the world. At the end of the Second World War the French cavalry (mainly in a reconnaissance role by this point) and armoured troops merged to form the 'Arme blindée et cavalerie' (ABC), with the École de Saumur becoming the new branch's training centre.

Commandants of the E.A.A.B.C.

Date of entering post and surname :

  • 1945 Lecoq
  • 1945 Miquel
  • 1946 Durosoy
  • 1947 de Langlade
  • 1950 Noiret
  • 1952 du Breuil
  • 1955 de Clerck
  • 1958 de Menditte
  • 1961 de Boisredon
  • 1962 Marzloff
  • 1965 de Galbert
  • 1968 Crémière
  • 1971 Boucher
  • 1973 Guinard
  • 1976 de Launay
  • 1979 de La Motte
  • 1981 Robert
  • 1984 Codet
  • 1987 Arnold
  • 1991 Bonavita
  • 1994 Boucher
  • 1996 Pelletier
  • 1998 Lafontaine
  • 2000 Galineau
  • 2002 Garrigou-Granchamp
  • 2005 de Parseval (now Général de corps d'Armée of the Arme Blindée Cavalerie)
  • 2007 Le Bot


  • (Template:ISO 639 name fr) Extrait de l’Ordonnance de Cavalerie pour sous-officiers et brigadiers ... par un Capitaine Instructeur de l’École de Cavalerie de Saumur, Paris, 1860
  • (Template:ISO 639 name fr) Victor Raoult Deslongchamps, Considérations sur la fièvre intermittente à l’École de Cavalerie de Saumur, École de Médecine, Paris, Collection des thèses, tome 10, 1839
  • (Template:ISO 639 name fr) Maurice Durosoy, Saumur. Historique de l’École d’application de l’arme blindée et de la cavalerie, Paris, 1964, 150 p. (rééditions ultérieures)
  • (Template:ISO 639 name fr) Pierre Garrigou Grandchamp (ed.), Saumur, l'école de cavalerie : histoire architecturale d'une cité du cheval militaire, Monum, Éditions du patrimoine, Paris, 2005, 325 p. ISBN 2858227950
  • (Template:ISO 639 name fr) Robert Milliat, Le dernier carrousel. Défense de Saumur 1940 (illustrations d’un E.A.R. de l’École de cavalerie, ancien combattant de Saumur), B. Arthaud, Grenoble, Paris, 1945 (4th edition), 192 p.
  • (Template:ISO 639 name fr) J. L. Tarneau, « Leçons élémentaires d'hygiène militaire, faites à l'école de cavalerie de Saumur, 1873 », Journal des Sciences militaires, 1874
  • (Template:ISO 639 name fr) Charles-Maurice de Vaux, Les Écoles de cavalerie, Versailles, l'École militaire, l'École de Saint-Germain, Saint-Cyr, Saumur. Étude des méthodes d'équitation des grands maîtres, J. Rothschild, 1896

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