Warhorse

Warhorse

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A million horses departed Britain for the Western Front, but only 60,000 returned.

Initially considered an essential component of the military force, horses were no match for modern weaponry; their utility on the battlefield proved less significant than had been expected. Their contribution should not be underestimated, however — they were invaluable for reconnaissance, as messenger carriers, and in their ability to pull artillery, wagons and ambulances through the unyielding mud.

Horses also served to raise the spirits of the soldiers at the front, often becoming companions to the men, offering solace in times of duress and privation.

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