Bill the Bastard: The story of Australia's greatest war horse

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Allen & Unwin, Nov 1, 2012 - History - 288 pages
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Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence and unmatched courage. In performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. No one could ride him but one man - Major Michael Shanahan. Some even thought Bill took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust.

Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together. They depended on each other for their survival. And when the chips were down, Bill's heroic efforts and exceptional instincts in battle saved the lives of Shanahan and four of his men.

By September 1918, 'Bill the Bastard' was known by the entire Light Horse force, who used his name not as an insult, but as a term of endearment. Bill had become a legend, a symbol of the courage and unbreakable will of the Anzac mounted force. There was no other horse like Bill the Bastard.

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User Review  - FergusS - LibraryThing

Told in an easy-to-read way, with probable-but-still-fictional dialogue, the book is a gentle and enjoyable way to get a little more about the Australians in the Palestinian campaign in WWI. Not just ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Australia didn't just send its men to fight in the First World War. Tens of thousands of horses went too. The hardy Walers proved their worth time and again in the difficult campaigns in the Middle ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Roland Perry is one of Australia's best known authors. He has written 26 books, many of them going on to become bestsellers, including Bradman's Invincibles, The Changi Brownlow, The Australian Light Horse and Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War.

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