Release on 2015-04-01 | by John Edward Bernard Seely Mottistone,Jack Seely,Alfred J. Munnings
The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse
Author: John Edward Bernard Seely Mottistone,Jack Seely,Alfred J. Munnings
Pubpsher: Racing Post
"The star of Spielberg's film [War Horse] is fictional. The true equine hero of 1914-1918 was Warrior." —Sunday Times Unlike the book and film War Horse, Warrior is the extraordinary true tale of the thoroughbred horse Winston Churchill's great heroic friend, Jack Seely, took to France in 1914. They both survived five years of bombs and bullets to lead a cavalry charge in 1918 before returning home where they rode on together until 1938. The book tells the whole history of Warrior, his life from his birth on the Isle of Wight to his amazing feats as a famous war horse and how a combination of both the horse's extraordinary character and some unbelievable twists of fate, helped him survive a war which claimed the lives of eight million horses. Originally published in 1934 as My Horse Warrior, this edition is introduced by Jack Seely's grandson Brough Scott, and includes the original illustrations which equine and war artist Sir Alfred Munnings drew especially for Jack Seely both during the war and at home afterwards.
Nominated for the Royal Historical Society Whitfield Book Prize 2013 Nominated for the NYMAS Arthur Goodzeit Book Award 2013 Nominated for the SAHR Templer Medal 2013 This book provides the first comprehensive study of the British Armys horse services between 1875-1925, including the use of horses in the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer and the 1914-18 wars. There is a particular focus on the military procurement of horses in relation to the domestic horse breeding industry, foreign supply in times of war, the debate about mechanization versus the horse and an integrated military transport system. During the 1899-1902 war the recently created Army Veterinary and Remount Departments and Horse Registration Scheme were severely tested and found wanting. Following the appalling suffering and loss of horses during this War, the period 1902 to 1914 was critical for the development of the horse services. The crucial elements in effectively horsing the Army were recognized - supply, care, and organization. The Army depended on the creation of a rapid and effective horse mobilization scheme and the ability to sustain expansion in the field. The civilian horse market was central to the supply of military horses in peace and war, and by obtaining reliable information on the number and type of horses available to them, the Army could guarantee a regular supply. There was also a need to learn lessons from the 1899-1902 war for the planning and expansion of auxiliary services, for example blacksmiths, saddlers, remount depots and veterinary hospitals. On the outbreak of war in 1914 the Army had an organized reserve and mobilization scheme; a completely integrated transport system using horses, mechanized vehicles and rail networks. As the war progressed there were serious questions about the continuing supply of horses from both home and world markets, shortages of transport for moving them from the country of purchase and the growing submarine menace. Developments by 1919 in mechanical vehicles were acknowledged by many as signaling the end of the military reliance upon the horse, even though it remained the main source of motive power, and cavalry the main arm of exploitation. Many lessons from the 1899-1902 War had been learnt, shown in the improved performance of the horse services during 1914-18. The health of animals was maintained at a higher standard than in any former war and remounts were supplied to all theaters of war and to armies of allied nations. At the end of hostilities nearly eight million animals had to be quickly disposed of, as humanely as possible, to bring the Army back to its peacetime requirements
Horses, horsemanship, and horse sport have been a part of mankind since time began. This book is full of short, fun and informative reads, great for busy on the go horse people, or for those who enjoy some history and trivia, with a dash of mystery thrown in!! All About Horses -2 is also available!
An Account of Harila's War by the Doshi Hero, Ribto
Author: Bob Rich
Pubpsher: Loving Healing Press
When first published, this book won the prestigious Dream Realm Award for Action/Adventure. It has been thoroughly revised, so now it is even more gripping.ÿ As a 16 year old Warrior, Ribtol didn?t know that he would become one of the great heroes of his people, the Doshi, and one of only five Doshi to be remembered with liking by the distant descendants of his worst enemies.ÿ Those enemies, the Ehvelen, were the original Little People. Myths about them abound from China to Norway. They were real people, not mythical creatures, and for centuries they were the Mother?s warriors, defending the wild places, and opposing slavery and cruelty.ÿ Ribtol?s story is an extract from the second of the five Stories of the Ehvelen, which describe how they were transformed into this role. You can see them through his eyes through three years of terrible fighting.ÿ You will get to like this decent, intelligent young man as he grows into a hero.ÿÿThe Making of a Forest Fighter can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book, although it is part of a series.ÿ Advance reviewers of the revised version have been enthusiastic:ÿ Max Overton, author of many gripping historical novels: ?...one feels sympathy for the Ehvelen desperately defending their territory and way of life, and also for young Ribtol, wrestling with his insights and feelings as he accompanies his warlike brethren into battle... One may not like the Doshi as a people, but by the end of The Making of a Forest Fighter one has enjoyed the company of a young warrior as he learns to transcend the savagery of his people and become fully human.?ÿ Margaret Tanner, Australian writer of historical romances: ?From the first couple of paragraphs, this amazing story captured my interest and my imagination, and kept me enthralled to the very last page. It is not an era that I am familiar with, but the author has remarkable knowledge and it shows.?ÿ Florence Weinberg, versatile writer with several historical novels: ?Admirable from the first sentence of this unusual book with its stark realism combined with faerie, Ribtol shows compassion, flexibility, and the ability to learn from cultures other than his own, which is rigidly hierarchical... The author displays rich imagination in his account of three very different cultures: the peace- and beauty-loving Ehvelen (who, when attacked, slaughter the aggressor with efficiency and finesse), the Areg, a nation of traders, who bargain with the Doshi for timber captured from Ehvelen forests, and, of course, the Doshi themselves.?ÿ