The War Horse
The role of the horse during WW1 cannot be underestimated. Although advances in technology meant mounted warfare was coming to an end, the cavalry were still used for reconnaissance work and carrying messages. Horses also pulled artillery, wagons and ambulances through the deep mud. By 1917, it was difficult to replace a horse and so some troops were told that the loss of a horse was more of a strategic anxiety than the loss of a soldier. The animals were more than just horse power though, they also provided morale to the soldiers at the front.
This still shows a future war horse being broken in by a Cheshire frontiersmen.