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War Horse

War Horse


by Michael Morpurgo

Topthorn Timeline & Summary

  • Topthorn meets Joey as a cavalry horse and is the only horse who can keep up with him.
  • When the cavalry is captured by the Germans, Topthorn and Joey are put to work as cart-pulling horses.
  • Not accustomed to pulling carts, Topthorn needs Joey's help to do his job.
  • As the war cools, Topthorn and Joey spend time as farmhorses on Emilie's farm.
  • The war doesn't stay away for long, and the Germans take Joey and Topthorn back.
  • It's a rough winter, and Topthorn gets very ill. He pulls through, though, and starts bonding with their new caretaker, Crazy Old Friedrich.
  • One day, after climbing a large hill, Topthorn's strength just gives out. He silently pleads for help, but Joey can do nothing to save his friend. Topthorn dies, and Joey mourns.