Real War Horses

The Experience of the British Cavalry 1814 - 1914

Anthony Dawson

* First-hand accounts of the British cavalry from Waterloo to the First World War

* Inside view of the lives led by cavalry troopers in their own words

* Includes the Indian wars and the Mutiny, the Crimea, the Boer War

* Records the last cavalry actions fought in 1914

* Compelling descriptions of cavalry charges and hand-to-hand combat
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526781529
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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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 melee 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.

About The Author

Anthony Dawson is an archaeologist and historian who has made a special study of the history of the British army in the nineteenth century. He spent two years as a post-graduate research student at the University of Leeds where he gained an MRes. As well as writing articles on the subject in magazines and journals, he has published Napoleonic Artillery, French Infantry of the Crimean War and Letters from the Light Brigade: The British Cavalry in the Crimean War.


"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

“An exemplary work of epistolary nonfiction… Dawson succeeds in giving an amateur reader the big picture, the professional reader new material, and every reader direct access to the minds of combatants.”


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