Letters from Mafeking, Eyewitness Accounts From The Longest Siege of the South African War

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

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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

ISBN: 1-52671-002-1

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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.