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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2018 10:01 p.m. PST

"Although Britain already had a history of raising camel-mounted troops in North Africa and the Middle East, the first such troops raised for the Great War were Australians back from the Gallipoli campaign in early 1916. Their success lead to the raising of further battalions later in the year, including one of British and Indian troops, mostly raised from yeomanry cavalry units that had been dismounted. Such men were mounted infantry, as the camel is a very poor platform from which to conduct a fight, but their big advantage was the range that they could reach thanks to the legendary strength and tenacity of the camel, and the large loads they could carry. In addition, the animals could travel in areas where the new armoured cars could not, so the British camel troops, as part of the Imperial Camel Corps (ICC), played their part in the eventual defeat of the Ottomans in Palestine and Syria.

As mounted infantry the appearance of these men was something of a hybrid of infantry and cavalry, but the basic uniform was the standard Khaki Drill Service Dress common to both, consisting of a jacket, trousers, puttees and short boots. Variations were common, including the wearing of shorts, but all these figures have the regulation clothing, and it has been properly done in all cases. Every man wears the standard Wolseley-pattern helmet or sun hat, which again was not the only form of headwear worn by the British camel soldiers, but is perfectly reasonable here…."




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Pauls Bods11 Nov 2018 2:39 a.m. PST


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2018 3:20 p.m. PST

Thanks my friend….


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