National Geographic : 1934 May
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A PAGE FROM SIAM'S MILITARY PAST At a recent historical parade in Bangkok, these cavalrymen appeared in the brilliant costumes and strange saddles of long ago. Elephants were decked in ancient trappings of war, oxcarts bore hide shields and spears, and infantrymen displayed tridents and long swords. © National Geographic Society Natural Color Photographs by W. Robert Moore HEAVYWEIGHTS OF THE SIAMESE SQUARED RING A soft cotton cord bound around hand and forearms takes the place of padded gloves. Contestants may strike with fists or elbows and kick any part of the opponent's body. A bout is opened with con siderable ceremony. Most of the boxing matches, however, are now conducted under occidental rules.