You don’t see that everyday

This image from the VDKM, the Lithuanian national archives, shows infantrymen of the newly free Lithuanian Armed Forces mugging with a (Bactrian?) camel reportedly seized from the Bolsheviks. The photo comes from Kaunas (Kovno), in 1919.

Note the mix of German and Russian gear with Stalhelms and Mauser 98s very present. The camel jockey, meanwhile, sports a Mosin.

The Lithuanians, who later benefitted from Allied military missions and inherited a lot of surplus Tsarist gear, also managed to land lots of the Kaiser’s swag as well. This gave them a very peculiar arsenal from 1919 through 1939.

Lithuanian army troops, 1919. Note the Mosin 91s and Russian Pulitov-Maxim gun while the uniforms are a mix of East-meets-West

Lithuanian soldiers practice firing their U.S.-made British P14 .303-caliber rifles in a 1931 summer training exercise, along with German infantry gear. 

Still, they probably just had the one camel.

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