Australian Light Horse
Rating: 4 / 5
War is one of the most destructive, damaging and terrible activities that humans engage in. No winners, just losers of varying degrees. Bookshelves bulge with books detailing military exploits and the interesting ones cover the stories of groups of combatants, their activities, and how they fit into the big picture.
Phillip Bradley has written about the Australian Light Horse and their activities in the Middle East during the First World War. It’s written with enormous respect, and some of the photos are both sad and haunting. Incompetent leadership, logic-defying escapades, astonishing bravery, stupidity and cowardice are all covered. There’s an underlying feeling of loss, not only of lives, but of lifestyles forever changed.
This is not a book to read from cover to cover, but there is value in reading the separate stories and reflecting on them. Australian Light Horse is recommended for anyone with an interest in military history.