ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018: Sharing Victoria's Stories

Horses in the war

March 14, 2015

It is estimated that 8 million horses died during the four years of war – more than 136,000 of them were from Australia.

Horses were targeted by both sides to weaken their enemies. In particular, the German Navy fired at ships laden with horses and donkeys, which led to thousands of animals dying in the middle of the ocean.

In this photo, a horse is lowered into position to be treated for a gunshot wound in Le Valdahon, Doubs, France.

Horse operation

In this image, WWI soldiers are shown paying homage to their equine partners, courtesy of the Saltburn Animal Rescue Association.

Horse homage