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Light Horse: A History of Australia's Mounted Arm (Australian Army History Series) Hardcover – December 21, 2009


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  • Series: Australian Army History Series
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521197082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521197083
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a comprehensive history of the Australian Light Horse in war and peace. It examines the place of the Light Horse in Australia's military history throughout its existence, from its antecedents in the middle of the nineteenth century, until the disbandment of the last regiment in 1944.

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Jean Bou is a historian at the Australian War Memorial, and a Visiting Fellow with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robbo on March 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Attaining a place in Australian folklore far beyond its representation in Australia's wars, the Australian light horse is the most romanticised group in Australian military history. Re-enactment groups of Australian military units are almost exclusively sections of reconstituted lighthorsemen; although it may be that the public's love affair with this bygone arm has more to do with the horses than any knowledge of the light horse itself.

Refreshingly, there are a growing number of Australian historians who are taking a more mature approach to this country's military history and looking beyond the mythology that so distorts many Australian's perceptions of our military contribution. Jean Bou, an Army reservist with an armoured corps background, is one of them. In this highly readable and meticulously researched work, he has produced an excellent analytical account of the history of Australia's mounted forces stretching from the early but tentative steps of the small volunteer units raised during the latter half of the nineteenth century to the demise of horsed units during the Second World War. Bou's focus is on the development of the mounted arm, and he covers a broad canvas. Against a backdrop of history he considers the impetus for raising these units, their doctrinal background and evolution, social foundations, their performance in war, and the difficulties of attaining sufficient numbers and of creating a credible force during peacetime. In doing so he offers a much needed corrective to several of the more outlandish claims surrounding this force.

These include the view of the bushman as a natural born soldier needing only a rifle and a pillow case full of bullets to defeat the country's enemies; rather hard training was required to mould them into competent soldiers.
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