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They were re-equipped as an armoured car regiment in the early war years.
On the night of 5-6 June 1944, 'massed rioting' occurred among soldiers of the Somaliland Camel Corps (SCC) stationed at Burao in British Somaliland. Unrest had been stimulated by proposals to move the SCC to Kenya for re-equipping as an armoured-car regiment...
...Various punishments were handed out to the mutineers and the SCC was disbanded. In Gen Platt's view 'there is no truly dependable and loyal core on which the SCC can be re-built'.
in January 1941 a "Somaliland Camel Corps Armoured Car Detachment" was in the order of battle of the 25th (East African) Infantry Brigade. The Somaliland Camel Corps had been disbanded in the final days of the retreat from British Somaliland; possibly this unit was made up of SCC members that were evacuated or otherwise reached Kenya?
4) The Somaliland Camel Corps was VERY rapidly reformed after the recapture of British Somaliland. The British landed on March 16, linked up with the forces attacking from Kenya on March 20th and the SCC was reformed at 80% strength on April 18.
I read a long time ago that a trooper of the Somaliland Camel Corps found a beached submarine, while on patrol and captured the sub and crew, which was unable to refloat the sub.
It was just after dawn. U-852 was cruising on the surface and Leutnant Hoffmann was the watch officer when the British bombers caught the U-boat completely by surprise. Coming out of the sun, the British planes strafed and bombed the doomed boat. Six depth charges straddled her, one of them damaging the 37mm antiaircraft gun on platform II. As tons of water crashed down on U-852, Hoffmann frantically ordered the U-boat to dive.
U-852 managed to submerge before the Wellingtons could make a second run, but the situation was serious. In addition to flooding, deadly chlorine gas, caused by burst battery cells, was filling the boat. Fifteen minutes after she went under, U-852 shot to the surface at a 60° angle. The steep slant caused the batteries to spill even more acid, increasing the levels of chlorine gas inside the boat.
As U-852 broke the surface her gun crews swarmed out and manned the antiaircraft guns. Even as the crewmen were reaching their battle stations, the Wellingtons were starting their second strafing run. The planes roared overhead and smothered the boat with fire. Oberleutnant Gerhard Colditz and Matrosenobergefreiter Josef Hofer both died on the bridge.
U-852 was down by the stern, unable to dive and under attack. By this time it was clear to Eck that his boat was finished. While he could not save his boat, he was determined to save his crew, and his only hope of accomplishing that was to beach U-852 on the Somaliland coast before the British sank her.
Although doomed the U-boat managed to hold off the British throughout much of the day, her gunners beating off each aerial attack. Several of the crewmen were killed or wounded during the repeated strafing runs, but casualties were surprising light given the circumstances. That afternoon, while still under attack, Eck managed to save the bulk of his crew by beaching his battered boat off the Somaliland coast at Ras Hafun.
After grinding to a halt, Eck ordered the crew to abandon ship and set about to destroy U-852. Exactly what happened next is not clear, but two things are certain. First, Eck's attempt to destroy his boat with demolition charges was only partially successful, and one crewman was killed in the process. Second and more important to the events that would follow, Eck somehow failed to destroy the boat's war diary-the Kriegstagebuch. The oversight would cost him and two of his officers their lives.
Beached, listing heavily to port, her bow a twisted mass of junk, U-852 was obviously finished. But the British aircraft continued to attack, shifting their attention to U-852's crewmen who were coming out of the hatches and leaping into the water. Many were already swimming toward shore, and a few were clinging to rubber rafts filled with wounded that bobbed near the hulk. August Hoffmann was helping a badly wounded sailor into a raft when the Wellington's made their pass. Machine gun bullets frothed the sea around him, hitting men in the water and puncturing the raft. Hoffmann was hit in the leg by one of the rounds. Despite his wound, the young officer continued to help the wounded sailor toward shore. British aircraft continued to strafe the Germans who were struggling through the surf toward the beach.
Exhausted and with several crewmen wounded and some dying, U-852's crew lay on the beach and waited for whatever was going to happen next. It was not long in coming. The following day, a British naval landing party, supported by a unit of the Somaliland Camel Corps, took the surviving members of U-852's crew prisoner.
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