9 Of The Most Famous War Horses In History!
Back in the day, a horse was more than a ride. They were loyal companions who accompanied their masters to fight heroic battles, save them from an enemy attack and carry messages. War horses were considered the true heroes of battle as they combated enemy blows and survived to carry their masters back to refuge.
Here are 9 war heroes who are
The courageous stallion who has poems written in his name was Maharana Pratap's saviour. He was the real hero of the battle of Haldighati where he saved his master's life by taking over a mighty elephant. Chetak reared high in the air and planted his hooves on the forehead of enemy Man Singh's elephant. He then received a fatal wound on one of his legs. Chetak had a blue tinge on his coat and thus, Maharana Pratap is addressed as the Rider of the Blue Horse.
Yes, that's the name of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's valiant horse who fought the American Civil War. It was due to the horse's popularity that Lee was always the primary target of the enemy. Like an experienced traveller, Traveller would go for days without being exhausted. He was a horse with great stamina. However, during the Second Battle of Bull Run, Traveller got a bit nervous and retreated. He died by stepping on a nail and contracting tetanus.
This equine owned by the US military is one of the bravest of warhorses. Reckless was a great help in carrying supplies and weapons, and evacuating wounded soldiers during the Korean War. She became the talk of town when she made 51 solo trips in a single day. Due to her heroic deeds, she was selected as one of the 100 All-time American Heroes by Life Magazine.
Palomo was Venezuelan military and political leader Simon Bolivar's horse. His beauty was described at length as his tall demeanour, white colour and shiny tail were the most striking features about him. According to folk lore, once a guide told Bolívar about his wife Casilda's dreams, in which she saw herself giving a recently born colt to a famous general as a gift. The guide did not know who Bolívar was and was surprised when he learned about his identity. Bolívar smiled and told the guide, "Tell Casilda to keep the colt for me." This very colt then turned into a beautiful horse named Palomo.
The fact that he carried Napolean Bonaparte on his back made him famous. Marengo accompanied Napolean at the famous battle of Waterloo. Belonging to an Egyptian breed, he was exported to France in 1799. Marengo died in the war while battling British troops. Marengo had galloped an over 5,600-km round-trip from Paris to Moscow in 1812. Today, his skeleton stands tall in the National Army Museum in Chelsea.
Talk about a horse with celebrity status! Comanche, a mustang owned by the US Army, became a celebrity after his retirement. He went on parades on special ceremonies after being wounded in battle. After his death, the horse received a respectable military funeral for his heroic service.
Owned by Alexander, the Great, Bucephalus has a city named after him. The horse was known to be a mighty creature who fought many battles along with Alexander. At the young age of 13, Alexander acquired Bucephalus, and from then on, the horse became his favourite companion. Bucephalus was killed in the legendary battle of Jhelum which was fought between his master and Indian king Porus.
Copenhagen was the Duke of Wellington's warhorse, who he rode on the battle of Waterloo. Copenhagen was said to be enthusiastic for a horse of his species. It is recalled that when Wellington gave Copenhagen a congratulatory pat on the back, he responded him by giving him a kick in his head. However, Copenhagen missed doing so and Wellington was saved from a fatal blow. After retirement, he became a total darling, where he allowed strangers to touch his mane.
Cincinnati was one of the three famous warhorses owned by American Civil war general and later President Ulysses S. Grant. Cincinnati was the son of Lexington, one of the fastest horses in America. He was a gift to the president from an admirer and therefore he was Grant's most favourite. Grant is depicted riding Cincinnati in most of his memorials. In fact, even Abraham Lincoln rode on Cincinnati and admired him for his speed
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