At the Obama Mansion



British training required them to form a defensive square and volley fire by sections. As you can imagine, the tactics were well out of date. The use of red coats aided the Boers in establishing points of aim and IFF. The British Army, on campaign, often stained their white helmets with coffee or tea and removed the shining badges to make them more challenging as targets. Not in this case, though.

On the British side, the primary firearms used were the Lee-Metford and Martini-Henry rifles. The Lee-Metford was a bolt-action rifle that fired .303 caliber rounds and was equipped with a magazine holding ten rounds. The Martini-Henry, on the other hand, was a single-shot rifle that fired .45 caliber rounds and was known for its reliability and accuracy.

The Boer forces used captured weapons, the Mauser Model 1895 rifle and the Krag-Jorgensen rifle. The Mauser Model 1895 was a bolt-action rifle that fired 7x57mm rounds and was equipped with a five-round magazine. The Krag-Jorgensen was a bolt-action rifle that fired .30-40 Krag (black powder cartridges) and was adopted by the Boer forces in 1899.

The use of machine guns was also significant during the Boer War, with both sides using various types of machine guns to offer covering fire or break up enemy formations. The British forces utilized the Maxim gun, a water-cooled machine gun that fired .303 caliber rounds. The Boer forces used the Lewis gun, a gas-operated machine gun that fired .303 caliber rounds.

The British used screw guns (portable howitzers that literally screwed together before use) and Congreve rockets that could be packed on mules. It took two dozen or more mules to support each mountain howitzer when you consider hauling the guns, carriages, ammunition, fodder for the mules, tents, messing equipment for the exclusive use of the Royal Artillery, and mules for the artillery officers and warrant officers to ride. The same was true with the rockets, launchers assembled on site, etc. A battery of screw guns and one of the rockets could require fifty mules if the fodder was scarce. The Boers weren’t Zulus and didn’t offer massed infantry charges into canister or grapeshot volleys. The Boers fought as dragoons (mounted infantry that fought on foot), willing to entrench where possible/necessary. They ran off mule trains assembled at the rear more than once, stranding the guns.



A “technical”…

Toyota Land Cruiser with a ZPU-23 and M1919.


It’s Super Sunday

I don’t care who wins the Super Bowl, but I’ll watch some of the spectacle and eat the game food. Or maybe I’ll read a novel on my iPhone, pretend to care…and eat the game food.




Bullet Points:

** Even dictatorships have judges. Which doesn’t mean they have justice. More on lawfare from ZeroHedge

** Some of the wealthiest liberal enclaves in the country are being classified by the Biden administration as “low-income” to qualify for an electric vehicle (EV) charger subsidy program contained within the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Daily Caller reports.

** Why isn’t China concerned about climate change? Because they already have a communist government.

** (Bee) US Senate to cap murder rates.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a landmark compromise between Democrats and Republicans, the Senate is set to vote on a new anti-murder bill that will limit the allowed murders to only 5,000 per day.

The bill will also send $60 billion to Ukraine, $15 billion to Israel, and another $100 billion to Iran.

“Democrats wanted more murder, and we wanted less. We feel this is a reasonable compromise,” said Senator Mitch McConnell to reporters before staring blankly at the cameras for 10 minutes straight. “Every day, once we hit 5,000 killings, that’s it — no more killing! And we’re going to be strict about that.”


I Can Relate


Identify the Aircraft





Identify the General Officer

His eyes were blue…

And for Old NFO, and the rest, identify the famous Union Admiral from the same period.


Parting Shot


  1. There were various Australian state soldiers in the second Boer war later on. Australia was not an independent country at that time. Mainly Light Horse who fought as mounted infantry (khaki uniforms). They fought similarly to the Boers and were avoided by them when possible.

    The movie Breaker Morant is a reasonably accurate portrayal of their later role. The court martial and executions of Harry “Breaker” Morant and his men lead to Australia not letting the British army try any of their men during WW1 and no death penalty for any offence. The British tried to have the policy overturned numerous times. One of my great uncles was Colonel in the Australian Light Horse. His opinion of British officers was “unfavourable”.

    • The Breaker was also something of a bush poet. I understand he wrote the following just before his execution.
      Butchered to make a Dutchman’s Holiday
      In prison cell I sadly sit,
      A dammed crestfallen chappie,
      And own to you I feel a bit–
      A little bit—unhappy.

      It really ain’t the place nor time
      To reel off rhyming diction ;
      But yet we’ll write a final rhyme
      While waiting crucifixion.

      No matter what end they decide
      Quick-lime? or boiling oil? sir
      We’ll do our best when crucified
      To finish off in style, sir !

      But we bequeath a parting tip
      For sound advice of such men
      Who come across in transport ship
      To polish off the Dutchmen.

      If you encounter any Boers
      You really must not loot ‘em,
      And, if you wish to leave these shores,
      For pity’s sake, don’t shoot ‘em.

      And if you’d earn a D.S.O.,
      Why every British sinner
      Should know the proper way to go
      Is: Ask the Boer to dinner.

      Let’s toss a bumper down our throat
      Before we pass to heaven,
      And toast: “The trim-set petticoat
      We leave behind in Devon.”

  2. Unusually LL you should check your weapons references. The second Boer war finished in 1902 and the Lewis Gun was introduced in 1911.

    The Germans supplied some Maxim guns and Mauser rifles in the second war.

    The first war was 1880-81 and the Lee-Metford was introduced in 1888 and they began phasing it out when the Lee Enfield was adopted in 1895. Only a few units still had the Metford in 1899 when the second war started.
    Both Lee’s were used by the Boers if captured especially when they ran short of Mauser ammunition.

    • You’re correct, of course. Maybe I can be excused for the oversite because I’ve been traveling and throwing the blog together on the fly? Ok, maybe not. Thank you for the correction.

      • I won’t insist on a ritual apology.

        Unit I used to be in was originally a state Militia (raised 1867 pre Australian federation 1901) and volunteers went to the second Boer War. We had some Mausers in our museum from Boer War and both WW’s.

        They are still an active unit but had gone from horses to M113 by my time. Though occasionally a horse would have been smoother ride and better on slopes.

    • I seem to remember Colt selling some potato-diggers (colt machine guns) to the Boers.

      And gatlings were used by the British, too.

  3. Identity the Aircraft:
    1. Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat
    2. Changhe Z-10
    3. NHIndustries NH90

    Identify the General Officer:
    1. Stonewall Jackson
    2. David Farragut

  4. It is interesting that we don’t hear of Michelle’s girl’s any more. Maybe their careers fizzled now that Harvey Weinstein isn’t around to fix deals?

  5. Boers picture… note the two gentlemen in center appear to have corsages on the lapel.

    On a historical note the British military in South Africa during the Boer wars imported forage for their horses and mules all the way from Argentina and Mexico. This in turn introduced numerous invasive plants into South Africa. Over 300,000 horses died in the 2-1/2 year war. Here’s a good explanation of the fate of the horses and mules, and the lack of nutritious grasses to feed them. It was an expensive war…

  6. I’m a sucker for a lightly customized 1911 and have been kicking my own azz for a couple weeks now for passing on a nice old Bob Chow gun. Who did the work on this one?

  7. That sculpture…while maybe deemed “violent” in today’s soft mentality…is righteous. Brings to mind Jude 1:9, in short The Lord rebuke you!. We need more of that these days.

    The Timex Expedition watch, one I do not have but am now thinking it needs to be in my EDC selection. Rancher neighbor still wears his 40 year old Timex, beat up but still ticking.

    Good fodder this Sunday morning.

  8. England
    Amazing how a tiny island nation had such an impact on the whole world for centuries and has now become nearly irrelevant.

    Over the years I’ve enjoyed George MacDonald Fraser’s “Flashman” series. His cynical view could apply to our country’s elites. Perhaps it is merely human nature?


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