Caption- "Possibly a member of No. 1 Australian Light Car Patrol."
Super spoked Aussie rear wheels.
Ken in Texas
Some trivia for you,
Out of about 136000 of those fine looking animals shown in the back ground, deployed to see active service in WWI, only one ever returned to Australia.
And "Sandy" was its name, a "Waler"...if memory serves me correctly.
What happened to AWM 21 please??
I haven't seen it
is a waler a horse?
Yes, it is Paul.
I believe they were named Walers after the state of New South Wales where they were (mostly) sourced.
But its been a long while since I had anything to do with this topic and I may be wrong.
thanks Rob I never heard that before.Frank do you know what became of all the horses? were they sold off after the war? sad to think what became of them. how did one come back? my fathers uncle was kicked in head by horse when in ww1 somewere in germany a doctor put a hammered half dollor coin in his head he recovered with no problems and lived a long life
regarding Walers and Sandy, heres some links you may find of interest
My family come from the tuff times of war in Europe and horse was on the menu to survive. I'm sure out in the field was no different.
There was a movie I saw on TV of Australian Light Calvary based on the battle Beersheba very well done. For those interested the link, you might find it an interesting piece of history.
The charge took real gonads, if I recall correctly the horses went without water for 24 hours prior to the main charge. Little rusty on some of the details, after seeing the movie read the history this was before U Tube
Think the movie was made somewhere in the sixties or seventies, later than the one listed on U Tube in 39
Searched E Bay a little this link is dated 1987 one hell of a charge. Problem with E bay it is bits and pieces
There's a lot of "Artistic Licence" taken in those movies.
For a more accurate description of what occurred see this AWM link https://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2007/10/30/the-charge-of-the-4th-light-horse-brigade -at-beersheba/
and this Wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Beersheba_%281917%29
I may be wrong, but I believe this was the last ever mounted cavalry charge.