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Real War Horses (Hardback)

The Experience of the British Cavalry 1814 - 1914

Napoleonic WWI Crimean War

By Anthony Dawson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 241
ISBN: 9781473847071
Published: 20th October 2016

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Many histories have been written about the conflicts the British army was involved in between the Battle of Waterloo and the First World War. There are detailed studies of campaigns and battles and general accounts of the experiences of the soldiers. But this book by Anthony Dawson is the first to concentrate in depth, in graphic detail, on the experiences of the British cavalry during a century of warfare. That is why it is of such value. It is also compelling reading because it describes, using the words of the cavalrymen of the time, the organization, routines, training and social life of the cavalry as well as the fear and exhilaration of cavalry actions. Perhaps the most memorable passages record the drama and excitement of cavalry charges and the brutal, confused, often lethal experience of close-quarter combat in a mêlée of men and horses. Few books give such a direct inside view of what it was like to serve in the British cavalry during the nineteenth century.

This book can be heartily recommended as its presentation of 'the real war horses' throws light on so many aspects that are so often overlooked or ignored in the story of British cavalry.

Worshipful Company of Ferriers

It benefits from a wealth of first-hand accounts, many of them previously unpublished, and goes into detail on the organisation, routines, training and social life of the cavalry as well as their experiences on the battlefield.

Your Family History, April 2017

Anthony Dawson is a eminent historian who is recognised as a expert on the history of the British Army in the nineteenth century. He has previously published books on Napoleonic Artillery, British Cavalry and the Crimean War.
This book is the first to concentrate in depth the role of the cavalry during a century of warfare. The book is divided into seven chapters. The first chapter deals with the functions of a cavalry on campaign, acquisition of horses, types of horses, training of horse and rider, training in wartime and life in barracks.
The subsequent chapters each covers a history of campaigns: Waterloo, colonial adventures, The Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, South Africa and World War 1.

The narrative of the book draws on many primary sources, unpublished accounts, personal letters, and local and national newspapers articles. It contains first-hand accounts illustrating the fear and trepidation of a cavalry charge. Some of the most memorable abstracts record the soldiers confusion and experience of close quarter combat. The extensive notes at the end of the book illustrate exactly how much in-depth research went into the writing of this book. There is also a bibliography to accompany the notes.

Friends of the National Archives

Many histories have been written about the conflicts the British Army was involved in between the Battle of Waterloo and World War One. There are detailed studies of campaigns and battles and general accounts of the experiences of the soldiers. But this book is the first to concentrate in depth, in graphic detail, on the experiences of the British cavalry during a century of warfare, which makes it of such great value. It is also compelling reading because it describes, using the words of the cavalrymen of the time, the organization, routines, training and social life of the cavalry actions.

The Armourer, February 2017

Author featured in 'Expert's Choice' column for article by author Jonathan Scott which tracks down websites for tracing soldiers and officers who fought in Britain between 1837 and 1901

WDYTYA? Magazine, February 2017

Anthony Dawson's The Real War Horses provides a contemporary, readable and updated account of the role that horses have played in war fare. Many books have been written about wider campaigns of the British Army, whilst others have been written with a specialised focus on the Cavalry stucture, uniforms and equipment.

The book focuses on the key involvement of the horse in conflict throughout the modern period including the Horse and Rider, The Muddy Fields of Waterloo, Colonial Adventures, The Crimean War, The Indian Mutiny, Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa and Horsemen in the Trenches in the Great War. But, a crucial aspect of this book is its concentration upon the role of cavalry as a whole within war in the modern period, and the role of the most crucial living creature of them all to this, apart from man; the horse.

This book has been thoroughly researched, based upon letters and diaries written by British soldiers serving in different campaigns, and printed in contemporary newspapers. In turn, they provide us with in depth personal thoughts and feelings of the men who wrote them, demonstrating the humanity of them. A crucial part of this is demonstrated by the Crimean War in the sense that it was possibly the first media war with intense scrutiny from domestic press. The author makes clear from outset his research approach for accessing these letters thus making the reader aware of their historical importance and usefulness as being a direct record from the period covered, but also how to be cautious of them given their oral nature.

Dawson gets the readers straight into the guts of what the cavalry was; and important direction for someone reading this area of military history for the first time. This detail includes important facets such as the a description of the type of man required for heavy and light cavalry, horse breeding, purchasing, uniform and appearance......

Jon Sandison, Freelance

About Anthony Dawson

Anthony Dawson is an archaeologist and historian who has made a special study of the Crimean War. As well as writing articles on the subject in magazines and journals, he has published books on Napoleonic Artillery, French Infantry of the Crimean War and Wakefield Voices from Sebastopol. Currently he is working on several projects that focus on the experiences of British and French soldiers in the Crimea.

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