I didn’t know much about the Remount Department and – apart from seeing the play ‘War Horse’ – the horses that were used extensively during the First World War. This document, an album of atmospheric photographs, made me want to explore more.
Between 1914 and 1918 Britain’s war effort was dependent on its horses. At the start of the war, horse power was still a key method of moving the army and its supplies to destinations across Europe. The volume of military stores and rations required at the front was much greater than it had been in earlier conflicts. Even though the importance of the cavalry was in decline and motorised transport was becoming more reliable, trench warfare meant that provisions had to be brought in from a distance and very often over ground that wasn’t suitable for other means of transport. There was an urgent demand for large numbers of draught- and packhorses, mules and other animals. Continue reading »