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U.S. Camel Corps....

#1 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:09 am

Never knew about the military trying camels, but I guess it made sense at the time, since they can carry over 40% of their weight in cargo, and adapt to harsh conditions... https://armyhistory.org/the-u-s-armys-c ... xperiment/

Heard about it from an unlikely source....
https://youtu.be/JTCg6PGaOkM....a later episode, unsure which, but the series is interesting.
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#2 Post by 765x53 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:44 am

Here are some folks keeping the history alive. http://texascamelcorps.com/

Nearly every western on TV in the 50's and 60's had an episode about camels or the camel corps.

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#3 Post by jeepnik » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:13 am

Locally we have a historical site called the Drum Barracks. These were the home of a locally stationed camel troop.

There haven’t been any camel sightings in our local deserts for some time. But wild donkeys have done very well in our high desert. And as they are curiosity (an invasive species that federally protected), they can’t be molested in any way.

They have bred so successfully that one NASA site has to pay people to clean up all of the donkey droppings.
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#4 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:27 am

I've been fascinated by camels since I was a kid. Amazing critters.

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#5 Post by FWiedner » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:50 am

I've seen camels on the range between Presidio and El Paso, TX.

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#6 Post by Rusty » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:25 pm

There was a comedy movie done in the 70s called "HAWMPS." It had an all star cast with a lot of western type actors.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074614/fullcredits
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#7 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:51 am

FW: Do tell! Recently?
Rusty, thanks for that link. Had no idea.
The whole thing is on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQJeUBsD5nY

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#8 Post by jeepnik » Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:06 pm

They used to have camel races in Virginia City, Nevada. Haven been there for some years so I don't know if they are still happening. Seriously, camels are one ugly and repulsive critter. I pity the poor troopers that had to deal with them.
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#9 Post by gamekeeper » Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:17 pm

As a kid growing up, an elderly neighbor had been in the British Imperial Camel Corps Brigade during the First World War, being a kid I never got to ask him about it. :(
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#10 Post by FWiedner » Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:07 pm

Bill in Oregon wrote:
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FW: Do tell! Recently?
Might be 6 or 8 years, but not long ago.

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#11 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:04 am

FW, thanks. I'll keep my eyes peeled if I am ever down in that country. Would love to see one in the wild.
GK, wonderful photo.
Here's a clip: Khartoum, 1900 ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9G87maUN-Y

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#12 Post by gamekeeper » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:29 am

Thanks for posting the video Bill. 8)

My favourite description of a Camel is, a horse designed by a committee..... :wink:
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#13 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:36 am

GK, more photos from the Imperial War Museum:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-incre ... amel-corps

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#14 Post by gamekeeper » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:55 am

Cool photos Bill.
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#15 Post by octagon » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:16 pm

GK you can find more info, Google" camp Verde texas" I used to take my kids swimming there when they were little.
You find this of interest as well, from the same area Google " Blanco hanging tree" certainly not the South's finest moment.

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#16 Post by TANGO 4C » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:53 pm

gamekeeper wrote:
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As a kid growing up, an elderly neighbor had been in the British Imperial Camel Corps Brigade during the First World War, being a kid I never got to ask him about it. :(

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#17 Post by gamekeeper » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:29 am

Thanks TANGO 4C very interesting information.
I have never seen much written about the Camel Corps so I now I really regret not pestering my old neighbor when I had the chance. :(
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#18 Post by Bill in Oregon » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:39 am

Great resources Tango. Thanks.

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#19 Post by gundownunder » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:43 am

I vaguely recall seeing a list of protected species for one of the states in the US, and camels were on that list. Sorry, but I cannot recall which state it was.
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#20 Post by JB » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:59 pm

Rusty wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:25 pm
There was a comedy movie done in the 70s called "HAWMPS." It had an all star cast with a lot of western type actors.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074614/fullcredits
I saw that at the local drive-in when I was a kid. :)

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#21 Post by Rusty » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:38 pm

Bill in Oregon wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:51 am
FW: Do tell! Recently?
Rusty, thanks for that link. Had no idea.
The whole thing is on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQJeUBsD5nY
Thanks Bill, I watched it last night. Funny how much of the history they got right and it a comedy type movie.
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