Equids in World War I

par Roland Bruneau, Adel. rolandbruneau@club-internet.fr

Description of the role of horses, mules and donkeys of the French Army is reported during World War I. The types and number of animals to be purchased, requisitioned or imported and subsequently trained are examined. Their work (cavalry or draught ), as well as their diet are described. The organisation of veterinary services and the treatment of injuries and diseases are explained . The way in which humans expressed their gratitude towards these equids following World War I in the French and Allied armies is also recalled.

Bull.soc.fr.hist.méd.sci.vét., 2005, 4 (1)