The Troopers’ Tale

The History of the Otago Mounted Rifles

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The Troopers' Tale tells the stories of the troopers, war horses and campaigns of New Zealand's Otago Mounted Rifles (OMR).

From their early formation in the 1860s and cavalry training in Otago and Southland to campaigns against the Boers in South Africa, through to the First World War, where they fought at Gallipoli as infantrymen in the rugged hills north of Anzac Cove, to mounted charges over barbed wire and trenches of Messines on the Western Front, before training as an armoured force in preparation for service overseas during the Second World War, the compelling narrative is woven between the concise history of the regiment and the fresh personal stories of many prominent OMR soldiers, neatly placed against the events of war and New Zealand provincial history.

Editor and author Dr Don Mackay has worked closely with specialists in military history including Dr Christopher Pugsley, Lt Colonel Terry Kinloch, Dr Jeff Plowman, Dr George Davis and Mr Graham Scott to produce the first complete account of the life and times of these extraordinary ANZAC troopers.

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