Magazine article The Spectator

Into Battle

Magazine article The Spectator

Into Battle

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The charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo: you'll know it from the Risk board game. Hundreds of soldiers on lustrous white horses, manes billowing as they gallop straight at the viewer. A magnificent sight, but the stuff of nonsense: the horses probably weren't all greys and they definitely weren't turned out as if for Ascot.

This is one fact to emerge from Wa r Ho rse: Fa c t o r F ic t ion ? , the exhibition now showing at the Nat iona l A rmy Mu seum in Chelsea (until August). Other my th s a re d i spel led. Cont ra ry to popular opinion, the history of Br it i sh cava l ry i s not one o f heroic fa i lu re . Even the blood ie st cha rge s succeeded in their military aims. To adapt Tennyson, the Light Br igade d id and d ied in the va l ley o f death .

Above a l l, the show expla in s that cavalry were not the only war horses. …

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