Horses in WW1
L.I. I can use evidence in order to reach a conclusion about the role of horses in the British Army during WWI.
The British Army alone used nearly one million horses and mules during World War One. This lesson looks at what they were they used for, and how they were treated.
Look at Alfred Munning’s painting ‘Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron’ and Paul Nash’s painting ‘The Mule Track’.
What do you think the paintings tell us about the use of horses during World War One. Think about how useful the paintings are as a source of evidence (to show us what the role of horses was in the British Army during WWI).
What was the war like for horses during World War One?
Take a look at the photographs and sort them into primary and secondary sources (more reliable and less reliable sources) that helps you to answer the question.
Activity – Choose either the Bronze, Silver or Gold activity.
Bronze) Write a letter written by an RSPCA inspector from the Western Front to headquarters reporting on the condition and treatment of horses.
Silver) Write a report (or create a PowerPoint presentation), using sources as evidence, entitled:
What the war was like for horses during World War One.
Gold) Write a letter from a soldier or cavalry trooper to a member of his family back home describing the condition and treatment of horses at the front.