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17561 Shoeing Smith Benjamin Thomas Griffiths – 3 Questions 1 year 4 months ago #88028

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en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/QF_1-pounder_pom-pom

Wikipedia, ref 1 pounder Pom pom
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17561 Shoeing Smith Benjamin Thomas Griffiths – 3 Questions 1 year 4 months ago #88029

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www.angloboerwar.com/forum/21-uniforms-b...-ammunition?start=54

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Link from this site. Neville and Rob D posted some excellent info and images including the Pom Pom.
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17561 Shoeing Smith Benjamin Thomas Griffiths – 3 Questions 1 year 4 months ago #88036

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The photo from The Sketch dated 23/2/1900 posted by Smethwick is of a standard .303" Maxim; not a Pom Pom.
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The physical difference in size between the rifle calibre Maxim machine gun and the 1pdr. Pom Pom can be seen by reference to the attached pic (gratefully acknowledged from The Letters Diaries and photographs of Malcolm Riall); showing a Pom Pom attached to the 2RWY and about to go into action at Botha's Pass.
It can be confusing when writers of that day simply say "Maxim" and do not qualify the term. If the term "Vickers Maxim" is encountered, in my experience that denotes the Pom Pom. And then to slightly confuse things nowadays, there were four batteries of batteries of "Galloping Maxims"; which were in calibre .303".
Going back over recent the years on this site, there have been several contributions describing the Pom Pom and how they were used. In addition to those already mentioned, there have been others on Pom Poms at the Relief of Mafeking and Capt. Brace of the New South Wales Artillery.

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17561 Shoeing Smith Benjamin Thomas Griffiths – 3 Questions 1 year 4 months ago #88049

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One of the things that I have noticed is the size and strength on the Pom-Pom Carraige/Mounting than the 303 Maxim as one way to determine what is what.....

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17561 Shoeing Smith Benjamin Thomas Griffiths – 3 Questions 1 year 4 months ago #88067

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Attached PDF containing an article from The Sphere, 21 July 1900.

The article is entitled "THE FAMOUS 'POM-POM' GUN". It describes the construction and operation of the gun in some detail.

It also contains 4 interesting photos - one of which is entitled "The Officers of the Pom-Pom Detachment at Stellenbosh" with Lt C F Brace on the back row.

I presume readers are familiar with the term "Stellenbosched" which was used in WW1 & WW2 as well. If not, visit the first page of Chapter 4 of the writings of Lady Elizabeth Charlotte Briggs which can be found on this site (Staff PDF's). Alternatively visit the Kipling Society website and study their analysis of his poem "Stellenbosh". I quote the refrain below:

And it all goes into the laundry,
But it never comes out in the wash,
’Ow we’re sugared about by the old men
(’Eavy sterned amateur old men!)
That ’amper an’ ’inder an’ scold men
For fear o’ Stellenbosh!!

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