Spielberg pays tribute to forgotten war horses

Award-winning director Steven Spielberg and the cast of War Horse, including Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, have captured our hearts as they took time out from the glitz and glamour of the film’s London premiere to commemorate forgotten war horses.

The stellar crew decorated our little paper horses with saddles, manes and cheeky smiles. These bedecked horses will go up for everyone to see, on the Remembrance Wall in the War Horse: Fact & Fiction exhibition at the National Army Museum this Friday (13 January).

Here’s a selection of our favourites! (Click on an image to view in slideshow mode.)

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  1. charlie
    Posted 27 January 2012 at 1.09pm | Permalink

    Have just read the kindle box and i must say i had a lump in my throat for nearly every chapter. To read an account of the Great War, through the eyes of the HORSE is just a master stroke. If the film is as moving as the book, Mr Spielberg has yet again a chance of a major classic.

  2. Madita
    Posted 9 March 2012 at 10.49am | Permalink

    Oh my, how sweet are these? Made me smile – a lot :)

  3. Sarah
    Posted 9 March 2012 at 11.08am | Permalink

    Dear Benedict Cumberbatch
    can’t love you & your horse more!!! :D

  4. Sveta
    Posted 9 March 2012 at 12.04pm | Permalink

    It’s great.

  5. Lucinda Gray
    Posted 10 March 2012 at 8.12pm | Permalink

    Very adorable. A lovely and sweet idea…

  6. Aaron
    Posted 17 March 2012 at 2.06am | Permalink

    Dear Benedict Cumberbatch,
    You have worse handwriting than I do. Congratulations on achieving such a seemingly impossible feat.
    No but seriously, what does that even say?

  7. Belinda
    Posted 18 March 2012 at 11.25am | Permalink

    I just saw it. I love the third one!

  8. Rebecca
    Posted 25 April 2012 at 9.38pm | Permalink

    @Aaron, it says, “Hi I’m Topthorn. I’m Joey’s friend and I’m really a lot faster. But I let him win! JUST JOKING. PS- Read his book!! It’s great.

  9. Emily
    Posted 31 July 2012 at 4.22am | Permalink

    Dear Mr Cumberbatch,
    After 10 minutes using all my profuse decoding skills I finally managed to understand what you wrote on Topthorn. Oh dear XD it made me laugh. All the messages were so cute but Benedict, your’s was my favourite.

  10. Mónica Clementina Hernandez Carrasco
    Posted 17 September 2012 at 8.23am | Permalink

    Well, now we know that Benedict had not been so good lawyer as a doctor, for that of writing encrypted. Maybe wrote on captcha?

  11. Mia
    Posted 14 February 2013 at 3.40am | Permalink

    What the heck is Benedict writing? He’s worse than my doctor.

  12. Ali Bannister
    Posted 2 April 2013 at 12.10pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Mr. Hiddlestone, for the compliment on my drawing in the film :0)

  13. Dr John Godrich
    Posted 19 April 2013 at 11.03am | Permalink

    My father Victor spent WW1 as a trooper in the Worcestershire yeomanry. He spent three months in Gallipoli before getting typhoid fever, then came back and joined his regiment the Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars to free Palestine from the Ottoman rule, riding 3years thro Gaza, Jerusalem Jericho Jordan valley and mountains to Damascus. His war diary of 240 pages has been edited and photos and paintings added by me and published as Mountains of Moab.£20 p&p from Godrich 4 Court Green Minehead TA245TS.This campaign was victorious!

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