It was a lieutenant and a few privates of the eighth Hus- sars, with a stand like a theodolite, which the artilleryman advised me was a heliograph.
The military also decided that the signalling mirror (the one which moves throughout keying) must always face the solar, and so if the solar was behind you the Heliograph was to be set as much as face away from distant station. The outgoing signal was to be redirected back in direction of the target by the second (duplex) mirror. This rule simplified studying the method for adjustment, then the trim for sun passage was always accomplished with the identical adjustment screws, etc. on the main signalling mirror.
For instance, on three May 1901, the Manchester Regiment’s line events suffered casualties. The telegraph wire between Witklip and Badfontein, having been cut through the earlier night time, events were sent out from every end however were attacked by about 50 Boers. The fire was so heavy that it was unattainable to mend the wire, which was found to be cut in twelve locations.
I REALLY LIKE your suggestion! I’ve solely managed to truly do that once or twice over the past decade since I got again into miniature wargaming, and both occasions resulted in collections of nice photographs. I am really going to publish a bunch of excessive-quality pics from the play-take a look at that my good friend Matthew managed to take whereas he was playing the sport. Greatest would be a gifted volunteer to put in writing up the events turn-by-turn and also take pics for the visual file.
The earliest indent I can discover is dated 1887 and thats for a single instance. Until then and perhaps previous that time they seem to have made their own domestically and aside from an outline which names components frequent to all patterns of Heliograph, I’ve no concept what it seemed like. Certainly by the time of the Anglo Boer Conflict and South African service they’d have been utilizing the pattern in your pics.