Official History of the Operations in Somaliland, 1901-04 Volume 2

Official History of the Operations in Somaliland, 1901-04 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... gun was quite suitable for the country. It was simple, accurate, and could not easily get out of order. Its range was not great, but the country in which the enemy generally attacked being dense bush, this shortcoming was unimportant. With well-trained detachments, from the command "HaltAction " to the first shot, less than one minute elapsed and a fire of four or five rounds a minute could be maintained. The gun was provided with two sets of sights for the double shell with reduced charge, and for the ordinary charge. Two clinometers were also carried. The saddles and ammunition boxes supplied originally were extremely heavy, being intended for Indian camels. This defect was overcome by exchanging the old heavy leather saddles of the ammunition camels for the light Egyptian pattern, which weighed about 20 lbs., and are easily restuffed and repaired. The cumbersome and heavy wooden ammunition boxes were also exchanged for the light leather mountain artillery boxes, each holding 10 shell and cartridges. These two modifications reduced the weight and increased mobility. On the two spare camels per sub-section, light tarpaulins, spare parts, stores, tools, &c, were carried. The guns were supplied from Aden with double, common, Ammunition. shrapnel, star shell, and case shot. The double and common shell were not carried with the battery, being left with the guns at the posts. The ammunition was in good condition, and a reserve was kept at Bohotle. The brass T. and P. No. 56 fuzes were new and burnt well. The cartridges consisted of 12 oz. black pebble powder and gave accurate shooting. All shells were carried fuzed and set for 50 yards range. Forty rounds per (8927a) 2 r gun of reserve ammunition was carried by the columns, the small...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236640292
  • 9781236640291