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Bill the Bastard : The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse - Roland Perry

Bill the Bastard

The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse

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An epic yarn based on the true story of a great Australian war horse who rode with bravery and valour at Gallipoli, the desert campaigns of Egypt, and Palestine.

Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence and unmatched courage and in performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. He was unrideable except by a single man, Major Michael Shanahan. Bill, it seemed, was reliable in every way including his ability to unseat men from his saddle. Some even thought he took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust.

Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together. They depended on each other for their survival. And when the chips were down, Bill's heroic efforts and exceptional instincts in battle saved the lives of Shanahan and four of his men.

By September 1918, Bill the Bastard was so named, not as an insult, but as a term of endearment from the entire Light Horse force. He had become a legend, a symbol of the courage and unbreakable will of the Anzac mounted force. There was no other horse like Bill the Bastard.

About the Author

Roland Perry is one of Australia's best known authors. He has written 26 books, many of them going on to become bestsellers, including Bradman's Invincibles, The Changi Brownlow, The Australian Light Horse and Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War.

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    5.0

    A very interesting account of war horses

    By Mother Duck

    from Murwillumbah, NSW AU

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    • Continually Relevant
    • Deeply Informative
    • Easy To Understand
    • Unique Interpretation
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Bill the Bastard:

      I am interested in anything "history" and so enjoyed that part of it. Learned a lot about Banjo Patterson. Going to pass the book along to a family
      member, who will love it.

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      4.0

      A great read

      By Baumy

      from Murray Bridge SA

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        Comments about Bill the Bastard:

        I finished it over a week end and thoroughly enjoyed it

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        5.0

        what a character - and on 4 legs!

        By Cattraf

        from Trafalgar , Vic

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          Great gift

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          4.0

          A different Aussie war hero

          By Busy Mum

          from Brisbane

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            Comments about Bill the Bastard:

            This is a great read about a little-known Australian character. It has created a desire to read more about the Australian Lighthorse & their involvement in WWI.

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            4.0

            as good as it looks

            By waihapa

            from Onga Onga NZ

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              Comments about Bill the Bastard:

              great service and very prompt

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              4.0

              a great read

              By chicken legs

              from Sarina Beach Queensland

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                Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                have no comment.

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                5.0

                Great reading.

                By Kate

                from Rockhampton Qld

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                  Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                  A wonderful read about characters and their beloved animals during a war. "Bill" is not as well known to us generally as some others, but is equally deserving of remembrance. I particularly enjoyed the straight-forward telling of his bravery and "persona" Thank you.

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                  5.0

                  Great Australian Story

                  By Bec

                  from Northern WA

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                    Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                    This is a brilliantly written piece that takes you into the action of World War 1 and the impact that it had on those involved by focussing on the journey of a special horse. A great gift idea for anyone interested in horses, Australia or World War 1 it draws you into the action and the emotion of the time.

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                    4.0

                    Enjoyable book to read

                    By Bernie

                    from Adelaide, SA

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                      Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                      Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Easy reading, very informative.

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                      5.0

                      Well worth the read

                      By Diddily

                      from Eden, NSW

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                        Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                        Finally, the TRUTH of Australia's war history is being researched and shared. Real history such as this is what our kids should be learning, get rid of the sanitized rubbish currently being taught. This book is about real people, real events and REAL history. I couldn't put it down.

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                        ISBN: 9781743312629
                        ISBN-10: 1743312628
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 288
                        Published: 1st November 2012
                        Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                        Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.8  x 2.1
                        Weight (kg): 0.288