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.
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.
The main task of the cavalry was to charge and scatter enemy troops. Cavalry charges might win a battle, but with poor leadership they could end in disaster.
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 serving on the front lines.
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 relied on pigeons to deliver important military information.
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.
25 October 2018 - 9 June 2019
From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars.
30 November 2018 - 3 March 2019
Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain's most celebrated equine artists. This exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.
23 February 2019, 2.00pm
Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of our major exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.
27 February 2019, 11.00am
Join a curator on an hour-long tour of our exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.
1 March 2019, 1.00pm
1 March 2019, 11.30am
Christopher Joll examines the British cavalry's use of drum horses and tells the story of Paddy II, the subject of a famous painting by Sir Alfred Munnings.
2 March 2019, 11.00am
16 March 2019
Discover more about Army animals in this British Sign Language-led, bilingual and interactive storytelling session, perfect for deaf and hearing families to enjoy together.
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