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.”
Noting that India is increasingly getting concerned about China’s posture on its border, a top US intelligence official on Wednesday said that the Indian Army is strengthening itself for a “limited conflict” with China.
“Despite public statements intended to downplay tensions between India and China, we judge that India is increasingly concerned about China’s posture along their disputed border and Beijing’s perceived aggressive posture in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in his prepared testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
“The Indian Army believes a major Sino-Indian conflict is not imminent, but the Indian military is strengthening its forces in preparation to fight a limited conflict along the disputed border, and is working to balance Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean,” he said.