These days horses are mainly used for leisure activities the non-rider knows little about them in a modern context, let alone a historical one. For those who would like to know more, this book encompasses the whole spectrum of horses in the British army over a 200-year period, from their acquisition and training, through their care and feeding and their transportation to theater of war overseas. Janet Macdonald describes how, until mechanization took over in the twentieth century, the British army used horses on a grand scale. The cavalry, messengers and officers rode horses, and horses pulled guns and wagons full of supplies. Their versatility made them almost as important as weaponry. But most men of the time were unlikely to know how to ride and had to be taught, and the horses had to be trained to tolerate situations in which the civilian horse would panic and run and this process is explained here in fascinating detail. Janet Macdonald’s study is regarded as the standard work on this neglected aspect of the British army’s history.
HORSES IN THE BRITISH ARMY 1750-1950
This book offers an abundance of well researched and informed material,it apportions its attention well between central topics, such as transporting horses, and peripheral topics, such as equines in non-combatant units. A very valuable resource for those interested in logistics in the age of horse powered armies.
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Hardback, 224 pages