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With the Flag to Pretoria - Volume 1

Herbert Wrigley Wilson

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. . .Sometimes it is mounted on a tripod, as shown in the illustration at the foot of page 35.

Dramatic advent of the Bluejackets. Oct. 30, 1899.] The Disaster of Nicholson's Nek.

Early that morning a Naval Brigade, 280 strong, from H.M.S. Powerful, under the orders of Captain Lambton, had arrived on the scene, bringing two Maxims, four long naval 12-pounders, and two 45-pounders. These weapons had been taken from on board the ships of the Cape Squadron or from the reserve naval stores, and by the ingenuity of Captain P. Scott of the Navy, and Assistant-Engineer Roskruge, had been mounted upon special carriages which would permit their being handled in the field. The sailors had with them a large supply of lyddite shells—shells charged with the terrible high explosive which had been tried for the first time in war at Omdurman, and which kill, without apparent injury, men fifty yards away from the spot where they burst, by the mere shock of their detonati. . . Read More