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Forgotten Heroes: The Australian Waler Horse

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The story of the famous Australian Waler horses is one that records with pride the remarkable journey this original stock horse made from a domestic animal to a war horse without equal. The Boer War and WW1 saw thousands shipped overseas and only the advent of mechanization in 1940 saw the horse decline from military use.

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Author: Jill Mather
ISBN: 978-0-9803527-3-3
156 pages, published 2012

The story of the famous Australian Waler horses is one that records with pride the remarkable journey this original stock horse made from a domestic animal to a war horse without equal. The Boer War and WW1 saw thousands shipped overseas and only the advent of mechanization in 1940 saw the horse decline from military use.

You will read about the logistics involved and answers to questions such as the huge problems associated with the horse lines where hundreds of horses were picketed row after row in Egypt and in France; of the heavy horses that pulled the gun carriages and hauled ammunition and stores. So often forgotten, yet their contribution was vast. Yes, they were the Walers.

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