“A spiffing way to go to war I decided as we powered through the veldt. Mr. Roberson’s patented Triterrortops steam powered terrible lizard replica was performing above the expectations it has been set by His Majesties Royal Calvalry Corp. My report to the Generals will be that the vehicle has proved more then adequate to combat the clone-vat monstrosities of the Zimbab bio-shamens.
The noise is reasonable as all three of us were capable of hearing each other over the roar of the steam pipes and the clashing gears if we raised our voices a little. The back of the steam beast also proved astonishingly fine as a gunnery platform, this afternoon we dispatched over half of a shocked pride of lions before the roaring animals had gotten out of range of our rifles! It was jolly good fun watching them run for their lives. Yes, God willing, with machines like this and with the innate superiority of our race The Albion Empire will soon conquer this dark and uncivilized continent!”
The above is an extract from the personal journal of Sergeant-Major Flashman Von-Gerbil. Like most of the Albion forces in West Africa he died in the Zimbab 'Double-Helix' uprising that led to the eventual African annexation of Europe.