FUN FACT FRIDAY!
Horses used during the first World War were initially for traditional cavalry purposes, but their vulnerability to modern machine gun and artillery fire meant their role changed to transporting troops and ammunition. Thousands of horses were used to pill field guns. It took between six to twelve horses to pull each gun! Veterinarians treated 2.5 million horses. Many would recover and return to the battlefield. A quarter of deaths among war horses was due to gunfire and gas; exhaustion and disease claimed the rest. During the years of the war 500-1,000 horses were shipped to Europe every single day. Through the course of the war, 8 million horses, donkeys and mules would die. These horses were considered so valuable that if a solder's horse was killed or died, he was required to cut off a hoof and bring it back to his commanding officer to prove that he had not simply become separated from his horse.