After escaping the failed Gallipoli campaign of 1915 men of the Australian Light Horse, who had served at ANZAC as infantry, were reunited with their trusty Waler mounts. For most the war would continue in the deserts against the Ottoman Empire. But for the men and mounts of the 4th and 13th Light Horse the war would take them to the war-torn and bloodied Western Front.
Unlike the open deserts of the Saini and Palestine in the Great War of 1914-1918, the Western Front, with its endless trenches and barbed wire entanglements was generally unsuited to mounted offensive operations. Yet the Australian Light Horse served great distinction.
This unique 380mm x 120mm x 330mm limited edition cold cast bronze figurine honours these brave men and Waler mounts, and the pivotal role they played in the final great Allied push – the 100 Days Offensive.
In 1916 the 13th Light Horse regiment, and two squadrons from the 4th, joined the diggers in France. The men and horses were busied in reserve escorting prisoners and ferrying messages, awaiting the breakthrough that would clear the way to the open country beyond German lines. Their moment arrived in 1918. Commander of the Australian Corps, General Sir John Monash unleashed his mounted troops as part of his great offensive. Here at last,” he said, was a chance for bold mounted tactics.”
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