Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Camel Corps in the Sudan

...the period is slightly late, but Ralphus [clicky] put up this cracking video he'd found on YouTube of Egyptian Camel Corps patrolling in the Sudan around or about 1900 - so just 10 years after Omdurman..

It's interesting to see how the camels were loaded  especially the one's carrying what looks like ready use ammunition, but also that the camels all appear to be similar in colour and that colour quite light...  food for thought...


..  amazing!

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    1. Ray - so cool they named it twice... thanks.. :o)

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  2. I know nothing about the matter (like everything else?), but am astonished that they have film archives of this quality so early - excellent. History has always seemed to me to split into pre- and post-photography - the Crimea and the ACW suddenly have real men in photos, not painted portraits. Obviously the post-cine period is some kind of watershed too - I've seen a lot of WW1 material, but little colonial stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Foy - astonishing isn't it - but even more so, how good the film quality is...

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  3. And the officers ride horses - interesting.

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    1. AJ - yes... I also thought that horses and camels don't mix (or is that elephants?)... either way - in terms of a reason to take the film in the first place I did wonder if those officers may be taking a formal review??

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