The story of War Horse
30 April 2019
Since ancient times, horses have been used for various different reasons but the most common one being transport. The horses were valuable during war because of their speed, efficiency and reliability. They were an integral part of World War 1.
Horses were heavily relied upon in the World War One primarily for transport. They were first involved in the war in a British cavalry attack near Mons in August 1914. Both Britain and Germany had a cavalry force which consisted of about 100,000 men when the war broke out in Western Europe in August 1914. Most senior military personnel during that era believed in the supremacy of the cavalry attack.
In 1914 when the war took a turn for the worst, no one was able to foresee the horrors of trench warfare, which is why the cavalry regiments were considered superior. Many men bonded with the horses and the army generals believed that their soldiers’ morale would be boosted by the presence of horses, this fact was exploited in recruitment propaganda.
Sadly during the war, many horses died because of exhaustion, falling into shell holes, becoming mired in mud and drowning. In some cases the riders were killed and the horses were captured. Horses were fed and cared for very poorly and poison gas attacks were also used, which injured their respiratory system and skin. The Army created improvised nose plugs to help in a chemical gas attack.
Many theories were developed by military personnel that the less well bred horses had better performance than the better bred counterparts. They believed that the better bred horses would be shell shocked and would act up when exposed to the sights and sounds of the war whereas the less well-bred ones would lie down and take cover once they hear the sound of artillery fire.
Veterinary hospitals were built to help horses recovering from shell shock and battle wounds, but thousands still died and lined the roads of the western front. Disease was a major concern for horses at the front, with influenza, ringworm, sores and anthrax which affected many of them. Unfortunately to add to the misery, horse manure acted as breeding ground for disease carrying insects.
The story of War Horse in London is enjoying 8 record breaking years in London and has played in 11 countries around the world, to over 7 million people. This story covers the outbreak of World War One - Joey who is young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He is caught up in enemy fire and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no mans land. Albert remained on his parents Devon farm and could not forget his horse, Joey. As he is not old enough to enlist in the Army he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
This is based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this is a powerful, moving and imaginative drama, captured in the war horse theatre show.
There are many ways to travel to the theatre which is based near Wembley and can be reach by car, buses and trains. The war horse London tickets range from £15 - £125.00, which is a good value family outing for children and adults alike.
Looking for a thrilling drama show? Then come and join in and embark on a treacherous mission to find Albert's horse and bring him home. Book your tickets today!