The Boer Wars are not well-remembered, only a few isolated place names. This new book provides a great deal of information, centred on 100 objects with excellent illustration – Highly Recommended.
NAME: The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects, War Museum of the Boer Republics FILE: R2993 AUTHOR: PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline books BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Boer Wars, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, South Africa, trekkers, Boer Commando, Mafeking, Lady Smith, Magersfontein, Spion Kop, weapons, tactics, medical services, POW camps, concentration camps, naval artillery, observation balloons
IMAGE: B2993.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y6b9ulxo LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Boer Wars are not well-remembered, only a few isolated place names. This new book provides a great deal of information, centred on 100 objects with excellent illustration – Highly Recommended. The British colonies in southern Africa came almost by accident. The Cape Colony was founded by the Dutch and an important stopping place for vessels sailing from Europe to the East Indies and Australia. Napoleon's conquest of the Netherlands, and the creation of a new country under his brother, provided the impetus and opportunity for the Royal Navy to land troops to take over control. As the Napoleonic Wars wound down to French defeat, the British dash for Empire was well underway and former Dutch colonies and trading factories were fair game. After the British took over Cape Town, life continued much as before and the most dissatisfied Dutch settlers moved inland. In the process, the trekkers founded the Orange Free State but, with British colonies being developed along the East Coast, with the Germans trying to compete with their own colonies, the days of an Orange Free State were numbered. The Germans were to become closely involved in supplying the Boers and agitating with the hope of being able to displace the British and link South Africa to their Namibian and Tanganyikan colonies, before then rolling through British East Africa. The Boer War was bitterly fought with mistakes on both sides. Boer cavalry performed well and the British Army began its transition from Red Coats forming Squares to a modern camouflaged army equipped with rapid fire bolt action rifles, machine guns and the use of observation balloons and RN guns put ashore, mounted on field carriages, and manned by naval gunners. Key towns were besieged and liberated, Dutch civilians were herded into concentration camps and their men into POW camps. Out of that mess was formed South Africa and it was to send many men of Boer and non-Boer origins to fight alongside British troops in WWI and WWII. The war is seen in this book through the focus of 100 iconic objects, but also included are more than 200 additional objects and historic images from the collection of the War Museum of the Boer Republics.