World War One and Britain’s Equine Army

The Equine Army is a BBC documentary about Britain’s horses and mules in the First World War, and the people who sourced, trained and handled them. It’s on BBC4 today at 8pm, and features yours truly squinting into the sun with a migraine. And some cavalry charging. And mules. And some fascinating stories delivered by historian Saul David.

If you’re interested in finding out more about women, horses and the Great War, here are two lovely long reads I prepared earlier.

Women, Horses and World War One

Russley Park Remount Depot, Women, Horses and Sources

If the history of humans and horses is your scene, you might like If Wishes Were Horses, which takes you from Lascaux to My Little Pony, with many nostalgic stops in between (Pat Smythe and the W H Smith Win a Pony contest, anyone?)

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