> Uhh...you do know that I was referring to the Nord...sorry Maxim Nordenfelt, right? >
So, you making leetle joke, yes? Sorry to have been a bit...er...heavy-handed, but I remained focused on the cost to benefit ratio of using the 1-pounder pompom. No matter what the beast of burden—whether straining their oxen or exhausting their horses or overtaxing their mules or busting their asses—it made the best sense that the effort in hauling the load was commensurate with the rounds delivered against the foe. The opinion by most soldiery that the pompom mount was too hefty and its rounds not hefty enough has hardly been a revelation. Here are a couple more photos showing the sizable nature of the pompom gun on its wheeled carriage.
> Where do you think the mortar came from. Any way of identifying that piece? >
As I've already specified, the mortar in Boer hands looks a great deal like the U.S. Model 1841 8-inch field mortar in bore and external configuration. Not claiming they are one and the same, but keep in mind that nations borrowed—read stole—from each other's designs and innovations, so strong similarities were inevitable.