In the year 1896, the
Picture below is of 3.7 Inch Howitzer Mountain Gun deployed in a snow bound operational location
( Me, the then Gun Position Officer (GPO) standing in the center)
The record time for dismantling or re-assembling a gun used to be between 45 to 50 seconds. The mules used to be known as “Mules MA” i.e. Mules Mountain Artillery, well built and much taller in comparison to "Mules GS" (General Service).
Like soldiers, the mules also had to under go vigorous training and therefore, their discipline and devotion to duty used to be unerring & beyond doubt; they were ready to serve, always and every where. The mules of each gun detachment would follow the lead mule (Mule No.1), maintaining their positions in sequence and once unloaded & the gun brought in action, they would remain completely still and silent.
The picture below shows my 2nd (Derajat) Mountain Battery (FF) moving to operational area in 1963