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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

Paperback Published: 1st November 2012
ISBN: 9781743312629
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

Outstanding blend of history and love of animals!

5

To inspire a horse lover who has reading difficulties at the age of 17.

Country Victoria

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Interesting book

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Interesting read.

Sydney

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A great (true) story

5

A great story about a rogue horse who managed to survive Gallipoli. Well written, it keeps up your interest. My wife and I so enjoyed the book that we Have given copies as gifts to friends

Melbourne

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The story is in tradition of the Australia yarn

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Review of Bill the the war horse by Roland Perry by Geoffry Hall Jan 2019 The story as told by Roland Perry is in the tradition of the great Australia yarn, told while sitting around with some of your mates exchanging stories about their life experiences. Everyone knows the shambles and waste of lives that was the ill-conceived Gallipoli campaign and many know about the heroic and victorious charge at the wells of Beersheba. Fewer still of the true story of the surrender of Damascus. Yet these historical facts and others become alive in a new way for the reader by looking through the eyes of a horse. I commend this book to anyone from the casual bookworm looking for a good story to the more serious student of WW1 history looking to understand loves of those who lived through the tragedy of conflict.

Birrong [Sydney]

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Good reading

4

A lot of fun to read, laughed out loud several times. Historically informative, I highly recommend this book to any animal lover

Sydney

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Fantastic story. It is such an interesting story

4

This is a great gift idea for history buffs

Charters Towers

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i will be buying most of my books through booktopia

5

This is brilliant book so easy to read

garfield vic

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A truly great story.

5

A truly great story about an great Australian. A horse with tremendous courage and instincts, which save him more than once and also saved Australian soldiers. He had a strong heart and a will to match. A great Australian Hero of our time.

Brisbane, Queensland

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have read it twice and about to start again

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Factual book about WW1 and the use of animals, particularly horses.

Gembrook, Vic, Australia

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Fantastic book. I plan to buy more as gifts

5

Fantastic true story

NSW Australia

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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
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1

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