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Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses

Many books have been written and stories told about the brave New Zealand soldiers who fought and died in World War One. But there is one story that is seldom told. It is the story of their brave horses. At the outbreak of war in 1914, the New Zealand troops left for the battlefields with more than 3,700 horses. The horses were the first of over 10,000 that New Zealand sent to war, serving mainly with the Mounted Rifles Brigade in the deserts of the Middle East. They faced heat, stress, thirst, hunger, exhaustion, disease and injury. Yet these noble creatures served our troopers with unquestioning courage and loyalty until the very end.

Of all the horses that departed at the start of the war, only Bess and three others returned home.

Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses is her story.




An exhausted horse and trooper after battle. Photo courtesy of Matt Pomeroy



Bess, free of her saddle at last. Photo courtesy of Terry Kinloch

An English Unit for Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses from HarperCollins Publishers: Teachers' Notes

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