The Real Story of War Horses on the Western Front
December 20, 2011
Commentary by: Ben Heineman, Belfer Center senior fellow
Topic: War horses
“After a smashing success on the London stage and a Tony-award winning production in New York, War Horse is now about to have another blast of publicity with the release on Christmas Day of Stephen Spielberg’s film version.
Drawn from a children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo and set before and during World War I, War Horse is the story of a young boy who trains and comes to love a horse named Joey. But Joey is sold by the boy’s father to the cavalry as it leaves for the front, and, when the boy becomes old enough to enlist, he searches for the horse on the battle-scarred fields of France.”