Background to the use of Zebras instead of horses
Domesticated Zebras were used due to a shortage of horses and donkeys. Also Horses were much more sensitive to insect bites than zebra´s. The Germans even tried painting there horses like zebra´s to avoid insect bites. Anatomically zebra´s are not really fit for carrying heavy loads as their back is rather weak. Therefore the Germans tried to cross-breed zebra´s and Muscat-donkeys. This photo was developed from an original glass negative in our collection.