National Army Museum presents War Horse exhibition

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The National Army Museum is currently showing an exhibition that looks at the role of horses in war.

Visitors inspired by the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo entitled War Horse could enjoy finding out more about the true stories of animal bravery during combat.

War Horse: Fact & Fiction exhibition is ideal for those enjoying London getaways and is open until the end of March.

Using details from the book, the show features many items used in the successful stage adaption and recent Spielberg film to bring to life the extraordinary part the horses planned, especially during World War One.

In total nine different themes are explored in the exhibition, including the strong bond that existed between the military riders and their animals as well as how the horses were trained and cared for.

Morpurgo said: “When I wrote the book over 20 years ago, I wanted to tell the story of the First World War in another way, not through the eyes of a soldier or a person who had lived through it… Nearly half a million British Army horses were killed or slaughtered in the First World War.

“War Horse is their story, and it is wonderful that the National Army Museum is now telling the story of the horse in war through both fact and fiction.”

Entry to the exhibition at the National Army Museum in Chelsea is free and will remain open until March 31st 2013.

The National Army Museum is next door to the Royal Hospital Chelsea and is a ten minute walk from Sloane Square London Underground station on the Circle and District lines.