The publisher does primary source books particularly well and this is the story of the longest siege of the Boer Wars told in the words of eyewitnesses. An illuminating account of the siege and its aftermath. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Letters from Mafeking, Eyewitness Accounts From The Longest Siege of the South African War FILE: R2814 AUTHOR: editor Edward M Spiers PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,frontline BINDING: hard back PAGES: 222 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Boer Wars, Second Boer War, sieges, British Army, Boer Army, consolidation of Empire, commercial interests, primary source
IMAGE: B2814.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y693dtfm LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The publisher does primary source books particularly well and this is the story of the longest siege of the Boer Wars told in the words of eyewitnesses. An illuminating account of the siege and its aftermath. - Highly Recommended The siege of Mafeking was one of those militarily insignificant battles of Empire that caught the imagination of the public in Africa and at home in Britain. The editor offers rebalancing of the arguments about the command of Baden-Powell, the founder of the scouting movement. The siege of Mafeking and the Relief of Lady Smith survive in memory even though few know much about the Boer Wars in general, and the two sieges in particular. At the time, modern war correspondents made a major impact on the perceptions of the siege of Mafeking as these frontline journalists, including Winston Churchill, were embedded in British Army units, taking fire alongside the soldiers. This illuminating account is based on much new material, with some 120 letters, speeches, interviews, diary extracts, all uncensored. These documents are from both military and civilian sources with a most interesting selection of images in the photo-plate section.