Asian Elephants in warfare for 2,300 years
Asian Elephants were used for fighting, hauling heavy equipment or working on construction projects. They have had a long and distinguished military career, from the era of Alexander the Great, up until the mid-20th century. Usually, they were placed in the middle of the ranks, in order to prevent the penetration of enemy troops, as well as the retreat of their own.
Their exploitation ceased with the dissemination of explosives, since elephants could not get used to the firing weapons and panicked, thus becoming even more dangerous than the enemy. The 1960s were the last time elephants were widely used in war.
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