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click to enlarge Baly, Lindsay. HORSEMAN, PASS BY. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. 337 pages.

~~~ Australia's mounted troops in WWI were a dashing mobile force, this book describes their spectacular triumphs along with tragedies, super-human endurance in adversity and above all, the heights to which the human spirit may attain.



$25.00




click to enlarge Bou, Jean. LIGHT HORSE: A History of Australia's Mounted Arm. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Appendix, notes, bibliography, index, 376 pages.

~~~ The mounted soldier is one of the most evocative symbols in Australian military history. Now a celebrated part of Australia's army heritage, the role and very existence of mounted troops in modern warfare was being called into question at the time of its most crowning military moments. Light horse regiments, particularly those that served in South Africa, Palestine and the trenches of Gallipoli, played a vital role in Australia's early military campaigns.
~~~ Based on extensive research from both Australia and Britain, this book is a comprehensive history of the Australian Light Horse in war and peace.
~~~ Historian Jean Bou examines the place of the light horse in Australia's military history throughout its existence, from its antecedents in the middle of the nineteenth century, until the last regiment was disbanded in 1944.



$65.00




click to enlarge Kenyon, David. HORSEMEN IN NO MAN'S LAND: British Cavalry and Trench Warfare 1914-1918. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2012). 6x9, 30 illustrations, 240 pages.

~~~ Of what use was the British cavalry during the years of trench warfare on the Western Front? On a static battlefield dominated by the weapons of the industrial age, by the machine gun and massed artillery, the cavalry was seen as an anachronism. It was vulnerable to modern armaments, of little value in combat and a waste of scarce resources.
~~~ At least, that is the common viewpoint. Indeed, the cavalry have been consistently underestimated since the first histories of the Great War were written. But, in light of modern research, is this the right verdict?
~~~ David Kenyon seeks to answer this question in his thought-provoking new study. His conclusions challenge conventional wisdom on the subject – they should prompt a radical reevaluation of the role of the horseman on the battlefields of France and Flanders a century ago.
~~~ Using evidence gained from research into wartime records and the eyewitness accounts of the men who were there – who saw the cavalry in action – he reassesses the cavalry's contribution and performance. His writing gives a vivid insight into cavalry tactics and the ethos of the cavalrymen of the time. He also examines how the cavalry combined with the other arms of the British army, in particular the tanks.
~~~ His well-balanced and original study will be essential reading for students of the Western Front and for anyone who is interested in the long history of cavalry combat.

$39.95

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click to enlarge Meason, C & K. Hollaman. WAR HORSE: The Making of the Motion Picture . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Harper Collins, 2011). 12x9, over 140 photographs, 144 pages.

~~~ Brimming with more than 140 dramatic images, this is the stunning, visual companion to Steven Spielberg's epic adventure, set in rural England and Europe, about a young man and his horse and their separate journeys through the battlefields of the First World War. One of the great stories of friendship and war, the successful novel War Horse not only inspired the award-winning stage play, but also inspired one of the great directors in film history to commit his talent, vision, and resources to make this extraordinary movie, which was shot in the countryside of England.
~~~ "I first fell in love with the story of War Horse because I was moved by the relationship between a boy and an animal in Michael Morpurgo's novel and the screenplay by Richard Curtis and Lee Hall," writes Steven Spielberg in his foreword. "But, ultimately, I made it because of what the book and the screenplay say about courage. I t is about the courage of the horse Joey and what he endures to survive, and the courage of Albert in his attempt to find his best friend in a time of war. With every frame of this film, it was my hope to issue a call for courage in our daily lives. A call to -be brave.'"
~~~ Additional forewords by producer Kathleen Kennedy, novelist Michael Morpurgo, and co-screenwriter Richard Curtis reveal their feelings about the story and the process of moving it from page to screen. The main body of the book is divided into three sections:
~~~ Part 1: Joey's Journey—A visual retelling, along with script excerpts and filmmakers' comments, of the journey taken by Joey, the horse trained by his beloved Albert, from the striking verdant countryside of Dartmoor, Devon, to training in the British cavalry, to trench warfare in France.
~~~ Part 2: The Making of War Horse—An insider's glimpse of the movie-making process highlighted with fascinating insights from the international cast and the crew about the casting, locations, costumes, horse training, and much more.
~~~ Part 3: The History of War Horses—An illuminating section on the role of horses in battle, illustrated with iconic images from history, vivid drawings, paintings and photographs.
~~~ This beautiful book is a testament to what can be done when people become impassioned about a goal. As producer Kathleen Kennedy expresses in her foreword: "War Horse was one of those unusual productions that comes together in an incredibly short time, and for all the right reasons. Everyone involved understood the film's potential, the richness of the characters, the depth of emotion, and the strength of the story's message."

$34.95





click to enlarge Murphy, Lyle Vincent. DURING THE WAR I RODE A HORSE: A Cheeky Story of the 10th Australian Light Horse, 1914-1919. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Just Soldiers, 1998). 244 pages.

~~~ The book tells the story of the 10th Australian Light Horse during World War One. It takes the reader on a journey with the first enlisted men from West Australia from their enlistment, through training at Black Boy Hill, their encampment at Meadi, Egypt, the call to Gallipoli and then the slow process of taking the Sinai, the drive through Beersheba to Jerusalem and finally their capture of Damascus. The war for the 10th did not stop here because they had to maintain the peace. Eventually the men returned home. The story is told through the eyes of the author's father, Trooper Herman John Murphy. With a mixture of well researched fact added to a little fiction the Author takes a fresh look at an old topic capturing the essence of the Anzac: Courage, Mateship, Initiative, Self Reliance, Sense of Humour and very little respect for authority and military protocol. The underlying message of the book is the meaningless waste of human life in war.



$20.00




click to enlarge Perry, Roland. THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Hachette, 2009).308 pages.

~~~ The Australian Light Horse was a unique force, first raised during the Boer War, and then reformed for World War I. Most of the men were from the outback, had a special bond with their horses (which were all brought from Australia) - and they knew how to survive and fight in the desert. The greatest part of the Allied victory over the Turks was theirs. Colonel Lawrence had a strategy for actually defeating the Turks - as opposed to the British High Command's acceptance of the status quo. What Lawrence needed was a mobile, elite force to join his own troops - and in the Light Horse he had them. Battle-hardened by Gallipoli and the repulse of the Turkish invasion of Egypt, the Australians were ready. Under their brilliant commander, Sir Harry Chauvel, they won great victories in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria - culminating in the last great cavalry charge in our military history, and the taking of Beersheba in 1917. Every Australian has heard of the Light Horse - but practically none have read their story. Roland Perry brings their story to life, and tells it with colour, emotion - and authority.



$55.00




click to enlarge Simpson, Cameron. MAYGAR'S BOYS: A Biographical History of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF, 1914-19. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2012). Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index, 308 pages.

~~~ Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans surprised 1st Cavalry Brigade harboring in the little town of Néry. Their initial bombardment caused chaos and destruction and the British took time to organize themselves. The actions of two batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery were eventually so successful that even today there is a battery known as Néry Battery RHA. The Queen’s Bay’s a cavalry regiment, charged in classic style and the Germans, who mistakenly thought they were out numbered, withdrew with heavy casualties.
~~~ Of the three VCs, two were posthumous.
~~~ While a small engagement by later Great War standards, Néry is a classic case study of an artillery duel and cavalry action.



$40.00




click to enlarge Smith, LtCol Neil C., AM MEN OF BEERSHEBA: A History of the 4th Light Horse Regiment, 1914-1919. NF/NF, jacket in mylar protector. First Edition. Signed by Author. (Melbourne: Mostly Unsung Military History, 2993). Maps, photographs, full roster, bibliography, name index, 239 pages.

~~~ The 4th Light Horse Regiment was formed in late 1914 as part of the Australian Imperial Force. Raised in Victoria, the Regiment drew to its ranks the finest men available. Men who fitted the acknowledged characteristics of Light Horseman with outstanding attributes of physique, equestrian abilities and resourcefulness.
~~~ The 4th Light Horse Regiment was formed in late 1914 as part of the Australian Imperial Force. Raised in Victoria the Regiment drew to its ranks the finest men available. Men who fitted the acknowledged characteristics of Light Horseman with outstanding attributes of physique, equestrian abilities and resourcefulness.
~~~ Men of Beersheba follows the progress of the Regiment from Broadmeadows, on to the Middle East and through the bloodshed of the Gallipoli campaign. The Regiment then becomes quite unique in that alone is despatched to both the Middle East and Western Fronts, thus making it the only Australian unit to serve on all three Fronts in World War One.
~~~ The adventures of the 4th Light Horse Regiment are followed on all Fronts whilst maintaining the objective of sifting available evidence for information on those men of the Regiment who were actual 'chargers' during the Sinai-Palestine campaign. Having outlined the progress of the Regiment elsewhere, the capture of Beersheba receives special emphasis, but it is the appended detail of those that served which is most enlightening.
~~~ All known men of the 4th Light Horse Regiment have been researched in an effort to identify Beersheba 'chargers'. Official records rarely captured such detail, and this, together with the paucity of documented evidence compiled by the Light Horsemen themselves, means that only some men can be positively named. However, Men of Beersheba does, by a process of elimination, identify those who could have charged and provides a brief picture of all who served. Thus Men of Beersheba takes a step towards immortalizing further the men of an outstanding Regiment which has already secured a place in the vanguard of Australia's heritage and folklore.

$250.00





click to enlarge Takle, Patrick THE AFFAIR AT NÉRY, 1 September 1914 . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2007). 8.5x5.25, 100 illustrations, 160 pages.

~~~ Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans surprised 1st Cavalry Brigade harboring in the little town of Néry. Their initial bombardment caused chaos and destruction and the British took time to organize themselves. The actions of two batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery were eventually so successful that even today there is a battery known as Néry Battery RHA. The Queen’s Bay’s a cavalry regiment, charged in classic style and the Germans, who mistakenly thought they were out numbered, withdrew with heavy casualties.
~~~ Of the three VCs, two were posthumous.
~~~ While a small engagement by later Great War standards, Néry is a classic case study of an artillery duel and cavalry action.

$24.95




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