Hello guys and welcome to another episode with Snapshots from History, taking us on a photographic journey into the past.
DONKEY RIDE 1958:
This is a photo from the Algerian war, and it has been taken in the summer of 1958. It shows a tough French foreign legion soldier, who is doing all the donkey work, and enjoying it. He and his comrades found this baby donkey abandoned by its mother, in a sunbaked Algerian valley. They decided to adopt this little moke, but he was too weak from hunger and could not keep up with the fast-moving Legion men. Rather than let the donkey die, a mortarman hoisted it on top of his already heavy pack, and carried his "beast of burden" all the way back to base. Back at the base the soldiers fed the donkey, looked after him and named him Bambi, eventually becoming the official mascot of the unit. The Bambi became a worldwide sensation and the Legion was officially thanked by London-based RSPCA, the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in the world. Seems saving someone's ass took a whole new meaning in this case.
Please note AI colorization has been added for ambience purposes only and it may not be historically accurate.