BMMHS Zoom Afternoon Talk: The Real War Horse

The Real War Horse

Speaker: Lucy Betteridge-Dyson

BZT Afternoon 6th July 2021

Tuesday 6th July; 2:00pm

The Real War Horse

The Real War Horse explores the equine contribution in the Great War. The talk will look at the roles that donkeys, mules and horses played in the conflict and why, along with where they came from, their war experience and how they are remembered today. 

Real War Horse
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, JULY-NOVEMBER 1916 (Q 1468) British troops with pack horses bringing 18-pdr ammunition up to the guns over muddy ground, near Aveluy Wood, September 1916. The shells are being carried in wicker basket frames on the saddles of each horse. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:
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AUSTRALIAN FORCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST (E(AUS) 5559) A Squadron, 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment encamped in the Jordan Valley near Jericho, 17 August 1918. Fighting as mounted infantry, the men of the Light Horse were mostly bushmen used to handling horses and rifles, and they could tolerate the summer heat of Palestine. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:
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MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION (Q 10466) Motor Horse Ambulance presented by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for use by No.10, 12 Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:
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THE GERMAN ARMY IN THE ROMANIAN CAMPAIGN, 1916-1918 (Q 29915) German gunners on top of 12-strong team of horses hauling a 21 cm Mörser 16 heavy howitzer over snow-covered fields, 1916. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

About the Speaker - Lucy Betteridge-Dyson

Lucy Betteridge-Dyson is a military historian and MA student (History of Britain and the First World War) at the University of Wolverhampton. She has a particular interest in the First World War along with the South-East Asian theatre of the Second World War, notably the Third Arakan Campaign. In 2019 she founded Herstory Club which aims to connect women with a passion for history on both a social and professional level.

A battlefield guide and horse lover, her current research focuses on the use of equines in 20th century warfare and the story of the real war horse in the First World War. An enthusiastic public speaker, she is passionate about engaging a wider audience with the history of the First and Second World Wars, having worked with the BBC, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Royal British Legion.


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