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Dogfight [by the_gneech]

War Horses

Saturday was the Romsey Show, a traditional country show with livestock, cage birds and fancy rabbits on display for judging. This year's had a First World War theme, and we went along mostly to see the Great War Display Team put on their mock dogfight, but once we'd committed to the entry fee we discovered they had already been and gone.

Still, we had a good time trying to persuade the alpacas they wanted to be stroked, and talking to this Red Cross reenactor and her Mercy Dog, Pups. Mercy Dogs were trained to find casualties and bring a small item of clothing back to their handler. You can read more about them in the excellent Dogs of War graphic novel.

At the end of the day there was a display in the arena featuring a replica tank (built for the War Horse movie), chaps dressed up in uniforms from each year of the war, a demonstration of training horses for war service (Romsey had an important remount depot, with horses arriving from all over the world and departing for the Front), and, most impressive of all, six draught horses pulling a gun carriage at the gallop.

Mercy Dog Tank

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