COMMON ARTILLERY DATA
Range 5 200 yards, H.E. 3 800 yards shrapnel; 12.5 pound shell.
Range 5 500 yards H.E. 4 100 yards shrapnel; 14 pound shell.
5 inch Howitzer
Range 4 800 yards for both H.E.1 (Lyddite)2 and shrapnel3; 50 pound shell.
Naval Guns Removed from the Cruisers Terrible, Powerful, Monarch and Doris
Range 8000 yards H.E. only.
Range 10 000 yards for both H.E. (Lyddite) and shrapnel; 45 pound shell.
75mm Schneider-Creusot and Krupp
Range 8 500 yards H.E. only; 14.5 pound shell.
115mm Schneider-Creusot (Long Tom)
Range 11 000 yards H.E. only; 88 pound shell.
1 pounder, 37mm Maxim-Nordenfeldt (Pom-Pom)
Range 3000 yards
1. High Explosive (H.E.) shells burst on impact.
2. Lyddite shells threw up impressive clouds of earth and smoke, but did little damage except where they actually landed.
3. Shrapnel were timed to burst in the air releasing 200 metal balls, making them very effective against troops in the open.
Main British Artillery Formation Organisation
The personnel of a 15 pounder battery consisted of a major, a captain, 3 subalterns and 170 other ranks. Its 6 guns and limbers were each drawn by 6 horses; a gun and limber together weighed about 1.75 tons. With ammunition and other wagons and the riding horses, a battery had 138 horses.
The Horse Artillery 12 pounder battery also had 6 guns, but a smaller establishment of men and horses. The Boers possessed no comparable organisation, but their guns were very well handled, and they made good use of captured British guns.
In this war, the artillery played an increasingly minor, and the horsed soldier, an increasingly major role.
Weaponry Image Gallery/Archive
Rifles/Carbines Commonly Used by British and Colonial Forces*
Rifles/Carbines Commonly Used by Boer Forces
Revolvers Commonly Used by British and Colonial Forces*
Swords and Bayonets Used During the War
Field Glasses and Handcuffs
Images courtesy of Mr. Ken Hallock.
Belfield, Eversley. The Boer War. Hamden: Archon, 1975.
Nel, Malinda: Private researcher, South Africa