Beauty in desolation: Munnings and the First World War
In 1918, the artist Alfred Munnings was tasked with recording the wartime contribution of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Forestry Corps. His paintings highlight the military role of horses, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France.
This unit was the senior line cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1685 and had a long and distinguished history until 1959, when it was merged into the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.
This British Army corps was responsible for light engineering tasks. Although formed in 1939, several previous units had existed that performed similar roles. It was amalgamated into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993.