“Silent Susan” was a 4.7 inch howitzer, so called because it was inaudible until the shell had reached its objective. “Susan” arrived on Pepworth Hill on the 29th October 1899 and remained there until 24th November when she was removed to Gun Hill. It was this gun which was blown up during the Gun Hill Hill sortie on 8th December 1899. The badly damaged gun was taken away to the Railway workshops in Pretoria where it was repaired by having the barrel shortened. Thereafter it became known as “The Jew”. “Silent Susan” fell under the command of Major J.F. Wolmarens of the Staatsartillerie.
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