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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

    Great Buy!

    By Lolly

    from Orange, NSW

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      4.0

      Great read

      By Pres

      from Adelaide

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        Comments about Bill the Bastard:

        Having grown up in the bush & involved with horses , I can understand Bill's temperament .Some horses like people with that attitude turn out to be the best offsider all it takes is the right person to understand them .

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        5.0

        Very Enjoyable book

        By Geck

        from Toowoomba

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          Good sized print, easy reading

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          4.0

          Great read for the ANZAC Centenary

          By Phil the Bill

          from Perth

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            A little slow on delivery but on the West Coast we have to put up with that

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            5.0

            A very interesting account of war horses

            By Mother Duck

            from Murwillumbah, NSW AU

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              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

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              from Murray Bridge SA

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                I finished it over a week end and thoroughly enjoyed it

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                5.0

                what a character - and on 4 legs!

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                from Trafalgar , Vic

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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

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                      great service and very prompt

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                      4.0

                      a great read

                      By chicken legs

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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): 0.3
                        Edition Number: 1