Desert Coloumn - Baggage Train

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Desert Coloumn - Baggage Train

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 07 Jun 2017 11:36

Did it have one?

I would guess it did, but considering the urgency of the expedition would such a device not have hampered the British advance?
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Re: Desert Coloumn - Baggage Train

Postby Redcoat 57 » 07 Jun 2017 23:29

I am sure Mike Snook will be all over this! My instinct says 'yes' to a baggage column of some sort but I did a quick search and came up with the following from Savage and Soldier online;

"The total strength of the Desert Column was 98 officers, 1,509 NCO's and men, 296 natives and interpreters, 8 Egyptians, 2,778 camels, 155 horses, and two mules."

That gives total numbers of 1911 men and 2935 beasts of all sorts. Assuming that no one can ride more than one camel, horse or mule at a time that leaves 1024 beasts available to carry baggage of one kind or another.

I would be interested if anyone has a detailed breakdown of the baggage carried!

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Re: Desert Coloumn - Baggage Train

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 09 Jun 2017 12:42

Thanks for the informative reply. you would imagine that the column would have had baggage, but as you say an actual breakdown would be nice. :-)

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Re: Desert Coloumn - Baggage Train

Postby jf42 » 09 Jun 2017 13:33

Baggage animals were required to carry essential supplies such as food, water and ammunition as well as other equipment. Soldiers' personal equipment was kept to minimum but some units were, for instance, carrying red serge frocks to supplement their drab grey serge.

Mike Snook's book does go into some detail regarding the supplies carried.
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