Exploring the emotional bond between horses and soldiers in World War One.
Every November 11th. I think of my grandfather Edwin who was a “driver” in the field artillery in World War One and spent four Novembers on the western front during his 42 months continuous service. I was so affected by the horrors he had to endure that I wrote a book about him and the horses he cared for.
My book There From the Start follows his exploits and explores the extraordinary relationship between the men and the war horses. The men were devoted to them, spending most of their working hours with them, and they helped sustain the men’s physical and mental well-being by being their confidants, friends and comrades.
They were in it together and just as the horses and mules did their utmost to help the troops the men reciprocated by doing all they could to ease their hardships. They fought and suffered together, faced the same dangers, often rested, slept and ate together and ultimately died together.
Edwin received serious injuries in early November 1918 when a bomb was dropped on him and his colleagues while they were feeding and grooming the horses a mile behind the front line. It caused carnage, killing and maiming many of the horses and men. I find it impossible to imagine the awful sounds, sights and smells he had to endure, made worse I’m sure by witnessing the suffering of his harmless equine comrades.
Read how the war horses and men survived the hardships and the bond between them.
ISBN: 978-1094956763 RRP. £10.99 150 pages 40 b&w photographs