Now that JISC MediaHub has been live for some time we thought it would be useful to highlight some of the best collections and materials that you can find and access in the service. To kick off this series of posts we thought we’d take inspiration from the recently released BAFTA and Academy Award nominated film ‘War Horse’ and use JISC MediaHub explore further how horses have been used in war.
Take a look at the following images which show the stark reality of life for horses on the battlefront during the First World War:
Around 6 million horses served in World War One and a huge number of them died as a result.
In 1914 the RSPCA set up a fund for sick and wounded war horses to help alleviate suffering on the front line. 725,000 horses were treated in France alone.
Horses were used to perform essential tasks such as pulling ambulances and field guns, as well as carrying supplies and ammunition.
The use of horses at the front was vital as they could cope with the deep mud far more effectively than vehicles.
- General Scenes on the Western Front during the First World War: Battle of Ypres, 1917 (The First World War Poetry Digital Archive)
The ‘Animals in War’ memorial in London, dedicated in 2004, is inscribed:
Animals In War. This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time. They had no choice.
Watch ITN news footage of this event at: http://jiscmediahub.ac.uk/record/display/037-00008934
To find out more just type ‘War Horse’ into the search box and browse through the results which contain material from the Imperial War Museum, the First World War Poetry Archive, Wellcome Images and many other collections.