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South Africa 1899-1902

The Boer War, which lasted from October 1899 to May 1902, was one of the longest and most costly, both financially and in terms of casualties and the reputation of the British army, between the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War. The conflict was caused by Boer resentment at British encroachments from the Cape and Natal provinces on their two sturdily independent republics, the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. Particularly after the discovery of huge gold and diamond deposits around Johannesburg triggered an inrush of foreign 'Uitlander' immigration which threatened to disrupt the Boers' chiefly pastoral way of life. There were three phases of the war, the first from October 1899 to February 1900, consisted of the Boer advance into Natal and Cape Colony, and the three sieges of British-held Kimberley, Ladysmith and Mafeking. These were held by Robert Baden-Powell with great ingenuity and finally relieved amidst mass British rejoicing. This first phase was marked by three British columns all being defeated in one 'Bloody Week' at the battles of Colenso, Magersfontein and Stromberg. Another British defeat followed at Spion Kop. After the incompetent British commander Sir Redvers Buller was replaced by the efficient Roberts and the ruthless Sir H.H. Kitchener, the second phase, from February to July 1900, consisted of successful British advances into the Boer republics and their annexation. At this point the war was thought to be over, but the third phase which began in August 1900 and lasted for 20 months, was one of continued guerrilla warfare, carried out by Boer flying columns 'commandos' on horseback under the leadership of gifted commanders such as Botha, Smuts, De Wet and De Rey, with numerous small but bitter engagements fought over a very wide area. Only when the British resorted to economic warfare, the destruction of crops and farms and the herding of Boer civilians into 'concentration camps' where thousands died of disease and malnutrition did the Boers surrender.

South Africa 1899-1902



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THE THINKING MAN'S SOLDIER. THE LIFE & CAREER OF GENERAL SIR HENRY BRACKENBURY 1837-1914
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Sir Henry Brackenbury is a now largely forgotten but extremely important soldier, writer, and administrator of the late Victorian era. To Lord Wolseley Brackenbury was "not one of but the cleverest man in the army" and "that first-rate man of business", to the conservative Duke of Cambridge he wa...

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WINSTON CHURCHILL
The Making of a Hero in the South African War
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WINSTON CHURCHILL The Making of a Hero in the South African War
Product Code: 20579

Shortly after arriving in South Africa, Churchill joined a expedition in an armoured train, leading to his capture and imprisonment in a PoW camp in Pretoria, but he escaped and wrote about his exploits for the Morning Post.

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THREE YEARS WAR
General Christiaan de Wet
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THREE YEARS WAR General Christiaan de Wet
Product Code: 20578

The author of this captivating classic memoir of guerilla warfare, General Christaan de Wet, began the Boer War as an ordinary farmer - and ended it as the scourge of the mighty British Empire, and one of the greatest guerilla leaders in history. De Wet's commandoes, with their hit and run tactic...

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FOR KING AND COUNTRY
Being a Record of Funds & Philanthropic Work in Connection with the South African War 1899-1902
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FOR KING AND COUNTRY Being a Record of Funds & Philanthropic Work in Connection with the South African War 1899-1902
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A very detailed record of funds received by various organisations during the South African War 1899-1902 with reference to distribution and expenditure. With some 448,435 imperial troops, the vast majority of them British deployed, and over 75,000 of them invalided home as sick or wounded (nearly...

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LETTERS FROM KIMBERLY 
Eyewitness Accounts from the South African War
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LETTERS FROM KIMBERLY Eyewitness Accounts from the South African War
Product Code: 24674

Somewhat overshadowed by sieges at Mafeking and Ladysmith, the siege of Kimberly is one of the unsung sagas of the Boer War. This collection of first hand accounts in letters, diaries and memoirs is full of humour, drama, pathos and tragedy.

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A History Of The Black Watch, Royal Highlanders: 42nd & 73rd 1725-1907: 
To Which Is Added An Account Of The Second Battalion In The South African War, 1899-1902
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A History Of The Black Watch, Royal Highlanders: 42nd & 73rd 1725-1907: To Which Is Added An Account Of The Second Battalion In The South African War, 1899-1902
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A history of the Black Watch - one of Scotland's most famous regiments. It includes an account of the regiment's part in the Boer War, when its CO, Maj-Gen. AC Wauchope, who had served 33 years in the regiment, and fell leading his men at the battle of Magersfontein.

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ROYAL MONMOUTHSHIRE MILITIA
Being a Detailed Description of the Regiment From the Year 1600 to the Time of its Transfer to the Special Reserve.
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ROYAL MONMOUTHSHIRE MILITIA Being a Detailed Description of the Regiment From the Year 1600 to the Time of its Transfer to the Special Reserve.
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An impressively detailed history of this ancient unit (first formed in 1600) and profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs. Covers all the Militia's campaigns, including the Peninsular War, Waterloo, the Crimean and Boer Wars.

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MUSTER ROLL OF ANGUS
South African War 1899-1900: A Record & A Tribute
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MUSTER ROLL OF ANGUS South African War 1899-1900: A Record & A Tribute
Product Code: 23426

An illustrated volume that contains studio portraits of more than 500 Scottish soldiers who fought in South Africa and their biographies.

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BRITAIN’S SEA SOLDIERS
A History of the Royal Marines & Their Predecessors & of Their Services in Action, Ashore & Afloat, & Upon Sundry Other Occasions of Moment
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For 350 years the Royal Marines have been in the front line of British military history on land and sea. This handsome, lavishly illustrated history by Col. Cyril Field covers the marines' first 250 years, up to the Great War, and includes such campaigns and actions as the siege of Gibraltar, the...

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SECOND BATTALION ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
With A Description Of The Operations In The Aden Hinterland
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SECOND BATTALION ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR With A Description Of The Operations In The Aden Hinterland
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Interesting ‘plain soldiers' history of a battalion which served in South Africa throughout the Boer War. Detailed breakdown of deaths, wounds, and diseases and a description of ‘Winston Churchill's armoured train'.

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