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10 Incredible Photos Of The Imperial Camel Corps

First raised in 1916, the Imperial Camel Corps was a camel-mounted infantry force operating in the Middle Eastern and African deserts. The Corps played an integral role in several First World War desert campaigns, including Palestine and Sinai.

The Corps had a small start, with the first companies consisting of Australian troops returning from the Gallipoli campaign. Over time, though, it grew to four battalions and was made up of Australian, New Zealand and British troops. Additional soldiers from the Hong Kong and Singapore Mountain Battery were also attached to the Corps.

Here are 10 photos of the Imperial Camel Corps cameliers and their trusty steeds.

  • 1. An international make-up

    Mounted troops from the Australian, British, New Zealand and Indian battalions of the Imperial Camel Corps.
    Mounted troops from the Australian, British, New Zealand and Indian battalions of the Imperial Camel Corps.
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    Mounted troops from the Australian, British, New Zealand and Indian battalions of the Imperial Camel Corps.

  • 2. Preparing to mount

    Australian members of the Imperial Camel Corps near Jaffa, Palestine, prepare to mount.
    Australian members of the Imperial Camel Corps near Jaffa, Palestine, prepare to mount.
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    Australian members of the Imperial Camel Corps near Jaffa, Palestine, prepare to mount.

  • 3. Filing through Wadi Arba

    The file of the Imperial Camel Corps dropping into Wadi Arba from the east while en route to join T E Lawrence, 1918.
    The file of the Imperial Camel Corps dropping into Wadi Arba from the east while en route to join T E Lawrence, 1918.
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    The file of the Imperial Camel Corps dropping into Wadi Arba from the east while en route to join T E Lawrence in late summer 1918.

  • 4. At Ludd, Palestine

    Men of an Australian and New Zealand Army Corps battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade at Ludd, 1918.
    Men of an Australian and New Zealand Army Corps battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade at Ludd, 1918.
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    Men of an Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade at Ludd, 1918.

  • 5. Feeding time

    Lieutenant Geoffrey Inchbald of No.8 Company, Imperial Camel Corps, in the Western Desert with his kneeling camel.
    Lieutenant Geoffrey Inchbald of No.8 Company, Imperial Camel Corps, in the Western Desert with his kneeling camel.
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    Lieutenant Geoffrey Inchbald of No.8 Company, Imperial Camel Corps, in the Western Desert with his kneeling camel.

  • 6. Resting in the shade

    The lines of the Imperial Camel Corps shaded by trees near Beersheba.
    The lines of the Imperial Camel Corps shaded by trees near Beersheba.
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    The lines of the Imperial Camel Corps shaded by trees near Beersheba.

  • 7. Outside Beersheba

    The Imperial Camel Corps Brigade outside Beersheba, 1 November 1917.
    The Imperial Camel Corps Brigade outside Beersheba, 1 November 1917.
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    The Imperial Camel Corps Brigade outside Beersheba, 1 November 1917.

  • 8. Bathtime

    Men of the Imperial Camel Corps washing their camels at the mouth of Wadi El Arish, February 1917.
    Men of the Imperial Camel Corps washing their camels at the mouth of Wadi El Arish, February 1917.
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    Men of the Imperial Camel Corps washing their camels at the mouth of Wadi El Arish, February 1917.

  • 9. Lined up

    Camel lines of the Imperial Camel Corps at El Arish.
    Camel lines of the Imperial Camel Corps at El Arish.
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    Camel lines of the Imperial Camel Corps at El Arish.

  • 10. Washed and ready to go

    Lines of newly washed camels in camp at Abassia before the long rides of July 1918 onwards.
    Lines of newly washed camels in camp at Abassia before the long rides of July 1918 onwards.
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    Lines of newly washed camels in camp at Abassia before the long rides of July 1918 onwards.