Here are 9 war heroes who are still remembered for their gallant service
The courageous stallion who has poems written in his name was Maharana
Pratap’s saviour. He was the real hero of the battle of Haldighati where he
saved his master’s life by taking over a mighty elephant. Chetak reared high
in the air and planted his hooves on the forehead of enemy Man Singh's
elephant. He then received a fatal wound on one of his legs. Chetak had a blue
tinge on his coat and thus, Maharana Pratap is addressed as the Rider of the
Yes, that’s the name of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's valiant horse
who fought the American Civil War. It was due to the horse’s popularity that
Lee was always the primary target of the enemy. Like an experienced traveller,
Traveller would go for days without being exhausted. He was a horse with great
stamina. However, during the Second Battle of Bull Run, Traveller got a bit
nervous and retreated. He died by stepping on a nail and contracting
This equine owned by the US military is one of the bravest of warhorses.
Reckless was a great help in carrying supplies and weapons, and evacuating
wounded soldiers during the Korean War. She became the talk of town when she
made 51 solo trips in a single day. Due to her heroic deeds, she was selected
as one of the 100 All-time American Heroes by Life Magazine.
Palomo was Venezuelan military and political leader Simon Bolivar's horse.
His beauty was described at length as his tall demeanour, white colour and
shiny tail were the most striking features about him. According to folk lore,
once a guide told Bolívar about his wife Casilda's dreams, in which she saw
herself giving a recently born colt to a famous general as a gift. The guide
did not know who Bolívar was and was surprised when he learned about his
identity. Bolívar smiled and told the guide, "Tell Casilda to keep the colt
for me." This very colt then turned into a beautiful horse named Palomo.
The fact that he carried Napolean Bonaparte on his back made him famous.
Marengo accompanied Napolean at the famous battle of Waterloo. Belonging to an
Egyptian breed, he was exported to France in 1799. Marengo died in the war
while battling British troops. Marengo had galloped an over 5,600-km
round-trip from Paris to Moscow in 1812. Today, his skeleton stands tall in
the National Army Museum in Chelsea.
Talk about a horse with celebrity status! Comanche, a mustang owned by the
US Army, became a celebrity after his retirement. He went on parades on
special ceremonies after being wounded in battle. After his death, the horse
received a respectable military funeral for his heroic service.
Owned by Alexander, the Great, Bucephalus has a city named after him. The
horse was known to be a mighty creature who fought many battles along with
Alexander. At the young age of 13, Alexander acquired Bucephalus, and from
then on, the horse became his favourite companion. Bucephalus was killed in
the legendary battle of Jhelum which was fought between his master and Indian
Copenhagen was the Duke of Wellington’s warhorse, who he rode on the battle
of Waterloo. Copenhagen was said to be enthusiastic for a horse of his
species. It is recalled that when Wellington gave Copenhagen a congratulatory
pat on the back, he responded him by giving him a kick in his head. However,
Copenhagen missed doing so and Wellington was saved from a fatal blow. After
retirement, he became a total darling, where he allowed strangers to touch his
Cincinnati was one of the three famous warhorses
owned by American Civil war general and later President Ulysses S. Grant.
Cincinnati was the son of Lexington, one of the fastest horses in America. He
was a gift to the president from an admirer and therefore he was Grant's most
favourite. Grant is depicted riding Cincinnati in most of his
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