War horses earn right to be hailed as veterans

IT took Michael Morpurgo’s tear- jerker of a book, and the subsequent Steven Spielberg film and stunning stage version of War Horse, to convey the carnage suffered by horses drafted into service in World War One. Eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys died overall. Britain alone lost over 484,000, one for every two men.  One-quarter of all deaths …

France’s big hitter in the draught horse world

  WHAT sets the Boulonnais, little known in Britain, apart from other draught horses ? Two words: Their ancestry. Originally descended from horses imported by Julius Caesar’s  legions to Pas de Calais, France,  ready to invade the British coast, it was left to the  Crusades and the Spanish occupation of  Flanders to introduce a considerable  amount of Oriental and Andalusian …

Experience the horror behind Hitler’s rockets

WELL  I wondered, as I gazed at the grey, grim remnants of the Blockhaus, Eperlecques, was it from here that a life-threatening rocket  was fired in my direction ? Apparently not, for this fearsome fortress, in Northern France, bombed by the British and Americans was rendered useless for rocket launching in August 27, 1943. And the only V2 that exploded …