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Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare$
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James L. Hevia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226562148

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226562315.001.0001

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The Great War and Its Aftermath

The Great War and Its Aftermath

(p.250) Chapter 9 The Great War and Its Aftermath
Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare

James L. Hevia

University of Chicago Press

In 1914 the Indian Army transport system, including all its reserve units, was mobilized. Units were deployed to Mesopotamia and Egypt. Similar problems associated with camel losses occurred during these campaigns. Some camels were used as cavalry and their riders developed very positive views of the animal in comparison to those who remained in transport. Following the war, the Indian Army, under the sign of retrenchment, began to downsize the transport corps and replace some of the camel units with trucks. Yet the demands of mountain warfare made it impossible to completely abandon animal transport. Camels and mules continued participate in border campaigns right through to the end of the British Indian empire.

Keywords:   Mesopotamia, Egypt, Imperial Camel Corps, retrenchment, trucks

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