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 Post subject: Italian Camel Cavalry
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:28 pm 
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While looking into French camel cavalry as discussed in another thread, I found mention Italy also had those patrolling the remote, dusty corners of Italian East Africa.

Called "Zaptie", companies consisted of Italian officers and NCOs who led native enlisted.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapti%C3%A9

Looks like they were mostly issued Vetterlis, but I have a Steyr M.95 long rifle with AOI brand that is badly worn. It certainly could have been carried all over East Africa on a camel, but we will never know for sure.

Now to find a fez as shown! ;)

I had never heard of these units before and will look for more pics. SW

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OK - where are the camels ?


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Waiting on the Italian Quartermaster Corps to deliver them. Please don't try to hold your breathe!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:04 am 
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Only certain tribes had camels, I've been told. The rest were "straight leg grunts" = acted as infantry.

I've always considered it odd they would wrap their lower legs in puttees but would go about barefoot. SW

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