Author: Louis Changuion
Publisher: Protea Boekhuis
Hardcover, 28x24 cm, 188 pages, numerous photos, English
Ein sehr interessantes Werk über die Qualität und den Verbleib der mythenbehafteten vier 155 mm-Kanonen der Südafrikaner im Burenkrieg.
After the unsuccessful Jameson Raid of 1896, four forts were built around Pretoria and for each a 155 mm gun was bought from the firm Schneider et Cie in Le Creusot, France.
When the Anglo-Boer War erupted in 1899 these guns were taken from Pretoria to be used against the British at the sieges of Ladysmith, Mafeking and Kimberley
After the relief of these towns and especially after the Boers adopted guerrilla tactics, the Long Toms became a burden.
The result was that the Boers destroyed the Long Toms to prevent the guns being taken by the enemy.
Several myths and legends about these four guns had their origin during the war. And it is often difficult to distinguish between what is fact and what is fiction about the Long Toms.
Were they really as formidable as the Boers made them out to be? Did they really outclass the British guns? Why are there today no Long Toms to be seen anywhere?
Is there, as rumour has it, one lying somewhere in a hidden kloof where it was dumped by the? These and many more questions are addressed in this book.