World Battlefronts: Temperamental Transport

Assam and Burma own terrain which will not tolerate motor transport. Result: elephants have returned to the assistance of the Indian Army after a lapse of 40 years.

Elephants carry 500 Ib. loads over country too difficult even for mules. They cross this stiff country at the lordly rate of ten miles a day. They also help sappers build bridges. They can work about nine months in the year. The most famous elephant assisting the Indian Army is Bandula, named after a famous Burmese general. Bandula's mahout receives "danger pay" because the elephant has already killed two keepers.

Elephants hate war. The Burmese...

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