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Boers blending with the Veldt


An excellent photograph of two members of the Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps blending with the veldt. It can readily be imagined how difficult these sharpshooters with smokeless cartridges would have been to target and hit. Their rifles appear to be the M1896 Mauser, the most common rifle used by the Republican forces at the beginning of the 1899-1902 Ango-Boer War. They carry their ammunition in pockets on bandoleers.


South Africa, Jan 2005

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