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 As you can imagine, the tactics were well out of date.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.
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.
** 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.