by Michael Morpurgo
Warfare Quotes in War Horse
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
It was the mud that was killing us one by one—the mud, the lack of shelter, and the lack of food. (12.16)
Many casualties of war weren't the result of gas or gunfire. Instead, it could be simple things like sickness due to inadequate shelter or nutrition. Joey and the horses experience the same issues. Remember, Topthorn isn't killed by battle; he's killed from illness and exhaustion.
I stood in a wide corridor of mud, a wasted, shattered landscape, between two vast, unending rolls of barbed wire. [...] This was what the soldiers called "no-man's-land." (15.19)
We're lucky Joey's our narrator because no human soldier could have ever lived to tell this tale. He ends up in the middle of the war-torn no-man's-land, totally exposed between the trenches. Any soldier would have been shot on sight, but through Joey's surviving eyes, we get a rare glimpse into the situation.
"We have shown them that any problem can be solved between people if only they can trust each other." (16.16)
Two men from opposing sides settle a dispute with... talking? Instead of sending a bunch of people they don't know to fight to their deaths? Hmmm. The leaders who started this war might be able to learn something from these guys.