February 3, 2012
WAR HORSE: A REMARKABLE TRUE STORY FROM THE GREAT WAR (Giles Milton, January 2012, Surviving History)
He stood fearless and proud in readiness for the battle ahead.He had already braved four years of warfare, including the battle of the Somme in 1916.He had also survived the muddy hell of Passchendaele. Now, on 30 March, 1918, Warrior was to face his toughest assignment. This 20-year-old chestnut-brown gelding was to lead one of the last great cavalry charges in history.His mission was to stop the German Spring Offensive of 1918 and his adventures were to prove every bit as extraordinary as those of Michael Morpurgo's fictional warhorse.Warrior was one of the million horses sent to France between 1914 and 1918. Only 62,000 of these ever returned home.They are forgotten victims of a conflict that pitted defenceless horses again tanks and machine guns.Warrior belonged to General John Seely and both were born survivors. Legend has it that when Seely recommended Warrior for the Victoria Cross, his reasoning was simple: 'He went everywhere I did.'
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2012 6:24 AM