Gunners of the Transvaal State Artillery

Gunners of the Transvaal State Artillery


Source: Rompel’s Heroes of the Boer War, Frontispiece.

The S. A. (Slate Artillery) compelled respect from the English by its uncommonly accurate shooting. The English generals could not imagine that it was simple Boers who were serving the guns, and news was constantly being sent into the world to the effect that the Transvaal and Free State had taken German mercenaries into their service to work the artillery. Nothing is more untrue. Together witli the police, the artillery formed the standing army of the Transvaal, and with the former it was the only commando that wore a uniform.

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