We sent Napoleon's horse Marengo to the Natural History Museum to prepare him for display in Battle gallery. They were tasked with moving his skeleton from its original mount and repositioning him.
This corps is responsible for the provision, training and care of animals in the British Army. With origins dating back to the 1790s, it has served in many campaigns, including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Without its hard-working horses, the Army could not have functioned during the First World War. Their contribution included carrying and pulling supplies, ammunition, artillery and even the wounded.
During the First World War, the Army relied on its horses to perform a wide range of jobs. The requisition, transportation and care of these animals was therefore of huge importance.
Soldiers who fought on horseback were known as cavalry. Often dominating the battlefield, they performed a variety of roles, from smashing enemy formations to scouting and reconnoitring.
Cavalry charges might win a battle, but with poor leadership they could end in disaster. Many are remembered and celebrated because of the risk involved, whether successful or not.
Since the 18th century, regiments have kept animals as mascots to work with them, bring luck and strengthen morale.
Animals have always provided companionship to soldiers on the front line, either serving as a distraction from the trials of war or sharing the hardship and danger of combat.
We sent Napoleon's horse Marengo to the Natural History Museum to prepare him for display in the new galleries.
During the First World War, the Army often relied on pigeons to deliver important military information. These birds quickly gained a reputation as one of the most reliable forms of communication.
Jimson was the beloved mascot of 2nd Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. He was 'awarded' medals for service in India and the Boer War.
Horses have played a vital role in supporting soldiers on and off the battlefield. Explore the stories of some of the most incredible horses in British military history.
5 September - 19 December 2023
Join us in Play Base as we discover the amazing world of Army animals.
16 December 2023
Join us this December to learn all about the amazing world of Army animals.
EY-KS2 (Ages 3 to 11)
All sorts of animals have helped the Army. Get your grown-ups involved and try this Mini Mission at home.
KS2 (Ages 7 to 11)
Learn about camouflage in the animal kingdom and disguise your own creature.
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