Do the British Army still use Mules as transport ?

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  1. jesse
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    jesse Old-Salt

    My uncle was a Mule driver during the Italian Campaign W.W.2.does the British Army still use Mules as transport?
     
  2. WildGoose
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    WildGoose Clanker

    The boys of the Royal Regiment of Scotland use them to collect the stags when they are looking after good Queen Bess up in Balmoral.

    Aside from that 52 Brigade experimented with them for mountain warfare in 2003, but found many of the commercially available ponies were too fat to fight. Since the Brigade's remit changed, I don't think they have tried again.

    WG
     
  3. ordinaryforces
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    I dont know for sure,somebody will correct me, But I believe it's against the law now to breed a mule,It's definately illegal in the south of Ireland,so on that basis I would suspect the Army has very few.
     
  4. arfah
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    arfah War Hero

    No, but there's usually a jack ass behind the wheel of most wagons !
     
  5. 4(T)
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    I think the mules moved onto higher positions in command and in MoD.....
     
  6. Mag_to_grid
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    I went to a 102 Log bde capability day in 2005 and there was a demonstration by the vet corps of a mule carrying the components of a GPMG in SF mode. I think it was done to make a point that the Army still had the capability at the time.
     
  7. cdo_gunner
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    Both the German and Austrian armies still have them, not mules though, haflingers.

    linky
     
  8. BiscuitsAB
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    Yep the Royal Signals still use them.


    They call them linemen.


    coat, hat and ffs find me somewhere to hide now.
     
  9. seanbean
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    seanbean LE

    The last time I actually saw/used them was in Cyprus in about '79 or '80 on Ex LION SUN
     
  10. scarletto
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    scarletto LE

    No dont use them anymore, cook them yes, use them no.
     
  11. MSI64
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    Isnt there still a JSP for packing animals?????
     
  12. jonwilly
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    They where certainly in use in Hong Kong but we have been out of their since 97.
    The local Army still has a Pack Mule Sqn.
    Many, if not all are 'Captured' enemy animals, from the not to infrequent 'Contacts' with drug smuggling gangs/ armies of minor War Lords on the Thai/Burmese border.
    john
     
  13. tiger stacker
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    Melton Mowbray will hold the kit required.
     
  14. basso
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    basso War Hero

    We certainly used camels in Aden if that is any help. :wink:
     
  15. RCT(V)
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    Was told by the then Trg Maj at RCT TA Depot, Grantham, that when earlier serving in Hong Kong, he had had to destroy all the mules in the colony (a lot earlier than when we left in 1997). It would not have been an enviable task, I imagine.
     

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