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The horses used by Australia’s military in World War I were popularly known as ‘Walers’. Bred for Australia’s tough conditions, they were the backbone of the Australian Light Horse regiments. GREAT WAR HORSES follows the pivotal role the Australian Light Horse regiments were to play in winning the Middle East. Of the 135,000 horses sent to war, one returned home. GREAT WAR HORSES is a powerful, moving testament to the animals that were sacrificed in war, featuring a variety of voices, from leading war historians to horse experts, to the descendants of the men who served.

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Russell Vines
Barry Strickland
Marian Bartsch
Dir. of Photography
Torstein Dyrting ACS


William McInnes (narrator)

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Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
Great War Horse Pty Ltd


Australian Sales
ABC Commercial

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