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Panoramic view of a British military camp, pitched-up at Saiyidabad (half way between Kabul and Ghazni, where the Maidan and Logar Valley roads from Kabul to Ghazni join) in an undulated plain, surrounded on all sides by bare hills. On the right side of the camp a large q’ala or an Afghan fort. It was here that the ‘Screw-Guns’ (see RE 118-124) were engaged for the very first time in a battle.
Place, date
Saiyidabad, Logar, mid to late April 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 116
Professionally engraved marble slab with the names of the soldiers of the 9th Lancers, killed on 11th and 13th December 1879.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cemetery, winter 1879/80
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 117
The 1st of a series of 6 photographs intended to demonstrate the loading of a complete ‘Screw-Gun’ on six mules, showing an Anglo-Indian soldier guiding the mule. This one is loaded with the axle (on top of the load) and different parts of the gun carriage for the 7 Pounder RML (Rifled Muzzle Loading) gun, fastened on a special pack-saddle and with additional saddle-straps. As the background behind the mule shows, this series of photographs was taken in the Sherpur cantonment. The mountain artillery unit was stationed just beside the 7th BS&M on the western bastion of Sherpur. This is maybe one of the reasons for the existence of this set of BS&M photographs. Other reasons may have been that the ‘Screw-Gun’ was a brand-new invention, and the 6/8 R.A. was the first unit to be equipped with it. Just a few days before these photographs were taken the battery was engaged for the very first time at Saiyidabad in the Logar Valley (RE 116).
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cantonment, early May 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 118
The 2nd of a series of 6 photographs intended to demonstrate the loading of a complete ‘Screw-Gun’ on six mules, showing an Anglo-Indian soldier guiding the mule. This one is loaded with the two iron-rimmed wooden wheels and some other parts for the 7 Pounder RML (Rifled Muzzle Loading) gun, fastened on a special pack-saddle.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cantonment, early May 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 119
The 3rd of a series of 6 photographs intended to demonstrate the loading of a complete ‘Screw-Gun’ on six mules, showing an Anglo-Indian soldier guiding the mule. This one is loaded with the carriage for the 7 Pounder RML (Rifled Muzzle Loading) gun, fastened on a special pack-saddle and with additional saddle-straps.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cantonment, early May 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 120
The 4th of a series of 7 photographs intended to demonstrate the loading of a complete ‘Screw-Gun’ on six mules, showing an Anglo-Indian soldier (Havildar Major Roor Singh) guiding the mule. This one is loaded with the breech, the shorter back part of the barrel of the 7 Pounder RML (Rifled Muzzle Loading) gun, fastened on a special pack-saddle with additional saddle-straps.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cantonment, early May 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 121
The 5th of a series of 6 photographs intended to demonstrate the loading of a complete ‘Screw-Gun’ on six mules, showing an Anglo-Indian soldier guiding the mule. This one is loaded with the chase, the longer front-part of the barrel of the 7 Pounder RML (Rifled Muzzle Loading) gun, fastened on a special pack saddle with additional saddle-straps.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cantonment, early May 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 122
The 6th of a series of 6 photographs intended to demonstrate the loading of a complete ‘Screw-Gun’ on six mules, showing an Anglo-Indian soldier guiding the mule. This one is loaded with ammunition-boxes for the 7 Pounder RML (Rifled Muzzle Loading) gun, fastened on a special pack-saddle. Every load had an average weight of 200 pounds.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cantonment, early May 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 123
The final picture of this series of 7 photographs, intended to demonstrate the ‘Screw-Gun’, shows six British gunners kneeling beside and behind the 7 Pounder RML (Rifled Muzzle Loading) gun.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cantonment, early May 1880
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 124
Grave of Lieutenant Charles Alfred Montanaro, R.A., on the Christian Cemetery, west of Sherpur cantonment. The copy in the RAM album shows a much larger part of the original photograph, with many cut trees and mountains in the background.
Place, date
Kabul, Sherpur Cemetery, winter 1879/80
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880
Series
RE 116-140, Bryan Maggs Collection
RE 125