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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 Fairley, John. HORSES OF THE GREAT WAR: The Story in Art. NEW copy, hardcover. (Pen & Sword, 2016). 11x8.5, color plates, 160 pages.

~~~ Horses of the Great War uses a wide range of superb contemporary paintings to explain the contribution of countless innocent horses to the war effort and victory. These works supported by informed commentary tell how the horses were rounded up from all over the world in their hundreds of thousands; how the cavalry halted the German advance in 1914 and again in 1918; how Australian and Indian swept through the deserts of Palestine and Arabia, overwhelming the Turks and performing incredible feats of endurance.
~~~~~The Western Front in France and Belgium relied on horses for supply of everything from shells and ammunition to food and water in atrocious and perilous conditions. While the vets kept the suffering horses alive and well, in the end, vast numbers were slaughtered or sold.
~~~~~All this is reflected in the paintings of distinguished artists such as Sir John Lavery, Sir Alfred Munnings and Stanley Spencer who painted at the front.

$49.95




click to enlarge Hawthorne, Peter. THE ANIMAL VICTORIA CROSS: The Dickin Medal. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2014). 9.5x6, 8 pages of b&w plates, 176 pages.

~~~ Sixty-three animals have won the Dickin Medal, the highest award for animal bravery. Their inspiring stories are told, for the first time in one book, The Animal Victoria Cross. Four types of animal have been honored, dogs, horses, pigeons and one cat. Simon, the feline, is credited with saving an entire ship’s crew. Canine breeds include Alsatians, Terriers, Collies and Spaniels. The majority of awards were related to war service and the conflicts include the Second World War, Korea, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. The Al-Qaeda attack on the Twin Towers as well as the Blitz saw great courage exhibited by animals such as Rip, the dog who saved many lives. In addition to British animals, there are American, Canadian, Australian and Egyptian winners of this unique award.

$24.95




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.



$29.95





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.

$34.95




click to enlarge Moore, Lucinda. ANIMALS IN THE GREAT WAR (Images of War Series). NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2014). 9.75x7.5, 150 illustrations, 140 pages.

~~~ Animals in the Great War throws a spotlight on the experience of creatures great and small during the First World War, vividly telling their stories through the incredible archival images of the Mary Evans Picture Library. The enduring public interest in Michael Morpurgos tale of the war horse reveals an enthusiasm for the animal perspective on war, but what of the untold stories of the war dog, the trench rat or even the ships pig?
~~~ Through unrivaled access to rarely seen illustrated wartime magazines, books and postcards, discover the sea lions who were trained to detect submarines, and witness the carcass of the 61ft mine-destroying wonder whale. Meet the dog that brought a sailor back from the brink of death, and inspired a Hollywood legend. See how depictions of animals were powerfully manipulated by the propaganda machine on both sides, and how the presence of animals could bring much-needed and even lifesaving companionship and cheer amid the carnage of war.
~~~ As the centenary of the Great War is commemorated all over the world, take a timely journey via the lens of Mary Evans' wartime images, and marvel at the often overlooked but significant contribution and experience of animals at war. By turns astonishing, heartwarming and occasionally downright bizarre, Animals in the Great War champions the little-known story of the bison, the chameleon, the canary et al in wartime.

$24.95




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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