By Susan Brocker

Every 12 months we rejoice our ANZAC heroes and commemorate the fallen at Gallipolli, donning poppies of their reminiscence each ANZAC Day. yet there have been different heroes and heroines of the 1st global battle whose tales have remained principally untold - the horses shipped to the center East to hold our troops who fought within the wasteland. Privately owned, they have been usually farm horses who their masters to war, and who fought and suffered along them in atrocious stipulations. courageous Bess used to be the single one to return, and in telling her story, Susan Brocker brings to lifestyles a bit identified point of our army history, that is either brave and poignant. With very good black and white pictures together with Bess herself, who's this present day venerated via her personal memorial, courageous Bess and the ANZAC Horses celebrates the boys and their mounts in an honest, eventually demanding way, because the destiny of the courageous horses maintains to take a seat uneasily with modern...

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The Turks were stubborn and determined fighters, and, even though the Anzacs now had them on the back foot, the Turks still took them on at every chance. The desert sands revealed to the troopers just how determined the Turks had been to get their heavy gun carriages across the desert. In many places, they’d made temporary roads by digging tracks where the wheels were to run, and filling them in with brush to stop the wheels sinking in the soft sand. In other places, they’d laid down strong wooden planks carried up on camel back.

The cameliers mounted the lofty camels as they knelt on the ground. On the order ‘Get ready to mount’, the rider pulled the camel’s head around until it faced to the back, placed his left foot on the bend of the camel’s neck, grabbed the big wooden saddle horn and swung into the saddle. He sat cross-legged in the saddle with his feet resting on the camel’s shoulders. He then released the halter rope and the camel rose awkwardly to its feet, throwing the rider forward in the saddle. As the camel stood up, it grunted like a weightlifter lifting heavy weights.

He had a soft voice and gentle hands. Bess nickered and stretched out her neck for a scratch behind the ears. From that day on, training began. First, the horses had to get fit and healthy after their long, gruelling sea voyage. They also had to get used to a new diet of barley and straw called tibbin, and a corn mash called mealies. Bess turned her nose up at it at first. She was used to grazing on fields of fresh green grass. ‘Sorry, girl,’ her master said. ’ The first time Bess’s master saddled her up, she flinched at the heavy weight.

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