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How far will the Chinese walk to smoke a camel?

They called it a Camel gun for a reason…

Camels and their single-humped dromedary cousins have been used in warfare for millennia, with U.S. Marines notably riding them in the Tunisian campaign against the Barbary Pirates in 1805 and the U.S. Army (as a pet project of then-Secretary of War Jefferson Davis) had an unsuccessful Camel Corps in Texas during the interbellum between the war with Mexico and the Civil War.

However, just like horses are still often seen in conflict around the world (and still used by many European militaries in mountain units) the day of the camel is not yet over.

“The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation said on September 21, 2020, that the nation’s army will use Bactrian camels to help patrol the tense India-Chinese border in Ladakh.”