“The British Camel Corps in the Nile Campaign” (“The Graphic”)

The First Drill of the Camel Corps at Assouan

The First Drill of the Camel Corps at Assouan. Left: “Stand to your camels.” Right: “Mount.” Front page of The Graphic 30 (22 November 1884). [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Left: The Nile Expedition for the Relief of General Gordon — a Trooper (King’s Royal Rifles) of the Camel Corps. “From a Sketch by our special artist, Mr. F.Villiers.” (15 November). Right: One of the First Parades. (6 December). This drawing makes mounting one’s camel and forming up much less organized than the image above, since not only are the soldiers not mounting their camels at the same time but at least one of them seems to be struggling with a very recalcitrant animal.

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