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farmers sent away their hunters to be trained for harness work. Many
riding horses took badly to this humble duty, but Street’s Jorrocks
trotted home like a gentleman.
This is presumably simply a real-world example of a farmer and his horse, of the type he's talking about. In this case the farmer's surname is "Street", and the horse's name is "Jorrocks".
Most likely the author just included the names to personalize the account somewhat. Make it relatable for people who find generalized historical discussion boring. Some historical writers like to do that. You particularly see this from professional Journalists like Mr. Hastings, who are presumably used to this style of writing in their day jobs. I'm not one who needs or likes this writing approach in historical works, but I have seen it.
Given what Wikipedia has to say about the book's writing style, you should probably expect rather a lot of this:
All Hell Let Loose covers the entire span of World War II, following
the military developments of the war but focusing on the reactions and
experiences of different individuals (both uniformed and civilian).
Reviews refer to the book as an "everyman's story" made up of accounts
from those with lesser roles in the conflict; "ranging from ship's
cooks to wireless operators, farmers and housewives to typists and
The book addresses several "triumphalist" aspects of written war
history by focusing on the "misery, heroism and endurance" of
I haven't read this particular book, so I can only say that I hope he pulls this off better than the authors I have read who did this. In bad cases it reads like something a history-hating editor forced the author to go back and tack in everywhere.