Celebrating the WAR HORSE
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Great War Horses DVD
Year: 2015. Colour. 1 DVD. Running time: 58 mins approx.
Director: Russell Vines. Narrated by: William McInnesy.
This moving documentary takes us on an epic journey from the outback of Australia, across the Indian Ocean, to the pyramids of Egypt and the unforgiving desert sands of the Middle East. Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the Great War. They carried their men to victory, but at war’s end they did not come home. After the disaster of Gallipoli, with the Ottoman Turks threatening the Suez Canal, regiments of the Australian Light Horse undertook a gruelling three-year campaign to drive the Turks from the Sinai and Palestine, culminating in the capture of Damascus. This epic desert war couldn’t have been undertaken without the horses, or the veterinarians, farriers, saddlers and feed suppliers. Intense bonds between man and horse developed, and the loss of a horse in battle was a harrowing experience.
FAREWELL TO THE HORSES Paperback book
DIARY OF A BRITISH TOMMY 1915 – 1919 by Robert Elverstone
127 Pages. 16 pages of black and white photographs. Book dimensions: 15.5cm x 23.5cm x 1cm.
Cady Hoyte, like many other young lads of his generation, proudly joined the army in 1915 to fight for King and Country. Originally from the Warwickshire town of Nuneaton, he joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry as a gunner in the Machine Gun Corp and quickly found that army life made no concessions for an eager 19 year old. Never having ridden before, he developed a special relationship with the horses, which made it all the harder when he had to say farewell and leave them behind to sail aboard the stricken ship, the Leasowe Castle, to fight in the trenches of France. Written with humour and honesty, Cady’s diary gives a detailed account of the daily struggles and constant dangers of army life in the First World War, without ever losing sight of his respect for human life.