May 09, 2009
By hand and ingenuity
Robert Hardman celebrates the Royal Navy's field gun race.
The men of the Naval Brigade removed six guns from their warships and placed them on hastily-constructed gun carriages. These were moved inland first by rail, then by mule and, ultimately, by hand and ingenuity. Once in action, they brought down enough withering fire to drive off the Boers and liberate the diseased and starving garrison.
Queen Victoria was most impressed and dispatched a congratulatory telegram to the Naval Brigade, who returned home to a euphoric welcome. They were soon re-enacting their heroics at the Grand Military Tournament which, in due course, became the Royal Tournament, the annual celebration of the British Forces.
The owner of the Castle replies with YouTube documentary evidence in case I had never seen such a race run.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 9, 2009 09:48 AM
The Canadian Navy used to do an East vs West gun run contest at the Ex every year, until they were all sent overseas.