"A Study In Brass"
1896 and the Anglo-Zanzibar War had broken out. Stating at two minutes past nine o'clock of the morning of 27 August 1896, It was only to be a 40 minute conflict, what could have been the shortest war in history, except just as the Royal Navy was about to overrun Khalid bin Barghash Al-Busaid, the new Sultanate of Zanzibar, positions the crippled palace rumbled and what spewed forth was a vision of purest terror for the Royal Navy, the Marines and the 900 British friendly Zanzibaris.
Steam powered and clockwork copper bottomed African Elephants. Instead of tusks they had artillery and the trunks sent forth streams of napalm-like fire that would not go out.
A small fighting force was assembled (literally) to counter the Sultanates amassed military might which at this point not only countered the British offensive but had them on the back foot and threatened to push them back to Britain and worse, invade.