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Digging Up Britain's Past

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary
  • History
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Episode 5: Digging Up Britain's Past: War Horse Special: The Real War Horse

Summary

Raksha Dave and Alex Langlands search for the remains of a First World War stable at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, where thousands of horses would have been housed and trained for the front line. They join a team comprised of archaeologists and the military attempting to uncover the role this building played in the war effort. They also visit Britain's oldest cavalry regiment, examining tools that soldiers would have used to look after their steeds, and hear the story of Warrior, known as the horse the German's could not kill.
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During the First World War, until the arrival of the tank, horses were essential, not just for carrying men and guns into battle, but behind the scenes as well, transporting equipment and supplies behind the front lines. Up to 1,000 horses were shipped to Europe every day (some 250,000 were to die on the Western Front), but before they went, many were trained and cared for at places such as Catterick in North Yorkshire.

It’s the scene of another damp archaeological dig, where military veterans are involved in a hunt for the wartime stables. We also find out about the current role of horses in the military, and Raksha Dave meets Brough Scott, who tells her about his family’s ties to one particular equine hero.

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  • Episode 5

    Digging Up Britain's Past: War Horse Special: The Real War Horse

    Summary

    Raksha Dave and Alex Langlands search for the remains of a First World War stable at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, where thousands of horses would have been housed and trained for the front line. They join a team comprised of archaeologists and the military attempting to uncover the role this building played in the war effort. They also visit Britain's oldest cavalry regiment, examining tools that soldiers would have used to look after their steeds, and hear the story of Warrior, known as the horse the German's could not kill.
    Recommended

    Review

    During the First World War, until the arrival of the tank, horses were essential, not just for carrying men and guns into battle, but behind the scenes as well, transporting equipment and supplies behind the front lines. Up to 1,000 horses were shipped to Europe every day (some 250,000 were to die on the Western Front), but before they went, many were trained and cared for at places such as Catterick in North Yorkshire.

    It’s the scene of another damp archaeological dig, where military veterans are involved in a hunt for the wartime stables. We also find out about the current role of horses in the military, and Raksha Dave meets Brough Scott, who tells her about his family’s ties to one particular equine hero.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterAlex Langlands
    PresenterRaksha Dave

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerJeff Anderson
    Series producerNick Gillam-Smith
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