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As the artillery of the East African campaign is most definitely not my strongpoint can anybody please help identify this artillery piece?

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Steve

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centurion

Are you sure its WW1 East Africa ? - looks like one of the South African War naval guns on improvised carriages

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SteveE
Are you sure its WW1 East Africa ? - looks like one of the South African War naval guns on improvised carriages

Provenance of photograph is good and definitely makes it WW1 East Africa. Caption on back of photo reads "7th SAI with Heavy Gun" although what the 7th SAI are doing with it is another question.

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KONDOA

Ayup Steve,

This looks like one of the naval guns of the RMA. Exact mob I cannot say but looks like one of the Peggy guns.

Roop

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ShirlD

Hi Steve,

A very interesting photo.

Do you have any photos of a Stokes Mortar Gun used in East Africa in WW1?

Cheers

Shirley

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SteveE
Ayup Steve,

This looks like one of the naval guns of the RMA. Exact mob I cannot say but looks like one of the Peggy guns.

Roop

Roop

Many thanks, at least gives me something to go on, any idea if the South Africans had any of the Pegasus Guns?.

Steve

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SteveE
Hi Steve,

A very interesting photo.

Do you have any photos of a Stokes Mortar Gun used in East Africa in WW1?

Cheers

Shirley

Thanks Shirley,

I only recently got the photo, the artillery in East Africa is not my number one subject but I thought it interesting enough to get.

Unfortunately, in answer to your question, I'm afraid I don't have any photos of a Stokes Mortar Gun being used in East Africa.

Regards

Steve

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KONDOA

Hi Steve,

" any idea if the South Africans had any of the Pegasus Guns?."

No the SA did not have any of the Peggy guns , they had the field artillery and the 1 x 5" Howitzer battery( 4th Cape RGA, aka 12th Howitzer Battery) . So the photo is either the RMA or the detachment formed to operate the reclaimed Peggy Guns.

Roop

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SteveE

Roop

Don't know if it helps but it was being pulled by one of these...

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KONDOA

Steve,

I believe this is a Reo truck. Now depending upon the date of the picture this is most likely attached to No 10 Battery which was the reclaimed Peggy guns. Nominally they were towed by Packards with Reo's for ammunition. You may note that the truck is loaded with ammunition.

No 10 Battery was at Kondoa Irangi.

Be interested to know more of these pictures.

Roop

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SteveE

Roop

The two images I've posted are from the same photo, it was taken by a Frontiersman sometime during the campaign. Unfortunately apart from the details on the back "7th SAI with Heavy Gun" there is no way to date the photo and being a non-Artillery man I've no idea as to what unit it could be.

Steve

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KONDOA

The gun and truck are 10 Battery ie Pegasus Guns. The picture is most probably taken at Mbuyuni or at the latest near Lateama Reata Nek hence the 25th RF being able to photograph them, after these actions the 25th and 10th Battery were in different columns. The caption regarding the SAI may actually refer to the battery being attached to the SAI rather than being manned by them. My overall feeling is that the photo was taken at Mbuyuni on the firing ranges prior to the invasion of GEA.

Hope this helps.

Roop

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SteveE

Roop

That's a big help, thanks. Based on what you've said I personally feel it's more likely to be at Mbuyuni than near the nek. If that's the case then the 25th were at Mbuyuni from 6th April to 18th May 1916. How would that fit in with what you know about 10th Battery?

Steve

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KONDOA

Steve,

10th Battery left Mbuyuni on May 17th 1916 en route for Kondoa Irangi.

Roop

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KONDOA

Steve,

10th Battery were at Maktau 1st & 2nd February 1916 doing drill. Not sure if any of January was spent doing this.

Moved to Mbuyuni 3rd February. Daily drill and instruction till 11th. (photo)?

11-12 /2/16 Salaita Hill = 238 rounds from a position near Serengeti camp. (photo?)

13 - 28/2/16 Mbuyuni drill & training. (photo?)

Now 25th RF moved to 1st Division and on 3rd March were at Longido and not back in contact with 2nd Div until 14th March at Moshi. 10 Battery now at Taveta.

25th RF in action at Kahe 21st March

18th March 10 Battery moves to Himo River Camp (rainy season), remain there until May 17th, no live round practice possible and too mountainous for the photo location.

Hope this narrows it down a bit Steve, if you have the RF diary you may be able to pinpoint more precisely.

Roop

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Steve
Here's an image I posted last Christmas.

The gun itself looks similar but there are variations elsewhere.

Your gun might just be an ex-naval gun used by the East Africa Transport Corps in the Maktau area.

Harry

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KONDOA

Thats a fair observation Harry, indeed the wheels would not be correct for known Peggy guns. The other scenario would be the 11th Battery but they did not arrive in GEA until March I believe and this gun does not seem correct for their weapons.

Roop

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SteveE

Thanks guys, this is proving very interesting but equally very frustrating. Are we now saying it's not a Peggy Gun but some other Naval Gun?

Taking this back a step is it possible to positively identify which calibre and (possibly) mark of gun this is?

Steve

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KONDOA

Gents,

According to Blumberg, 'Britain's Sea Soldiers' the 8 hole wheels were peculiar to the carriages built at the Salt River workshops in Cape Town. In this case, Harry's suggestion of this being a spare gun has some credance.

It is signficantly different to the weapons of the 11th (15th) Battery as can be seen in this IWM photo. The 11th(15th ) Battery did not, so far as can be determined, go into action until early 1917 from Lindi.

Given that the 25th RF were in SA recuperating at this time the only opportunity to photograph them would be late 1917, however the truck is almost new by the look of it? So possibly the gun and personel photographed are of the RMA Brigade in early 1916 or so as suggested but the location is most probably Maktau, which I shall endeavor to confirm somehow.

Roop

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Provenance of photograph is good and definitely makes it WW1 East Africa. Caption on back of photo reads "7th SAI with Heavy Gun" although what the 7th SAI are doing with it is another question.

Steve

Could this gun not be one of the elusive dismounted (carriaged) 12-pdr 18-cwt (3-inch 50-calibre) guns ex Malta that arrived with the first contingent of the Royal Marine Artillery in Cape Town in Oct / Nov 1914 - possibly becoming "D" Battery (Roper) in GWSA and then after July 1915 becoming [briefly] something else in GEA? Those pieces were also fitted with the Salt River pattern wheels but had mule and trek oxen draught where some sort of limber would have been required.

These are not those well-travelled QF 4.7-inch 45-calibre guns modified in the Salt River [Cape Town] railway workshops that had famously done that grand tour of northern GSWA with the [old South African] Heavy Artillery [Corps] before briefly returning to Cape Town and then accompanying the [new] South African Heavy Artillery [Corps] to England in August 1915. These guns were then sent to Gallipoli in the last months of 1915.

Carl

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bushfighter

Steve

Let's think a bit wider and include No 7 Battery. (OH page 220)

Could this be one of the 15-pounder guns used by 25RF at Besil & later incorporated into No 7 Battery, along with details of RF as crews?

The SAInf might have been visitors interested in the guns.

Harry

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KONDOA

That sounds good too Harry, not knowing what a 15 pounder looked like it did not cross my mind it would not be a 4.7.

Roop

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SteveE

Roop, Harry, Carl.

Gentlemen, your continued efforts in the identification of this gun are very much appreciated. I only wish I could add something useful but Artillery, as I've said before, is most definitely not my subject.

I'm convinced it's an REO lorry carrying ammunition which leaves the gun's transport open to question, be it motorised or animal. Its limber appears to be behind the lorry so we can't get any idea as to how it was connected which pretty much leaves it open to most of the batteries concerned.

I did wonder about the 7th Battery, also wondered if that's what he meant to put on the photograph and not "7th SAI" but I don't know. In your opinions do you feel it more likely to be a 12-pdr or a 15-pdr?

Steve

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centurion

some 4.7 in guns used in the Boer War were reused in WW1. See photo of one such on the orginal Percy Scott carriage. The wheels on this carriage appear to be the same as the gun in question although the rest of the carriage seems different. Could this be a re carriaged 4.7?

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centurion

I think this is the same gun as in the first posting - but its in SWAfrica (1915) not East Africa!

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