Boer Wars

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Boer riflemen on Spion Kop

Battle of Spion Kop

The iconic British defeat on 24th January 1900, during Buller’s second and disastrous attempt to cross the Tugela River and relieve Ladysmith in the Great Boer War

Great style shown here by one of the 'Bittereinders' - during 1905 Anglo Boer War.

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Great style shown here by one of the 'Bittereinders' - during 1905 Anglo Boer War.

Bell-Bottoms. (nooit van rib-fluweel gehouden.)

Bell-Bottoms. (nooit van rib-fluweel gehouden.)

Spioenkop Battlefield, Three Tree Hill

Family Lodge Accommodation in KZN South Africa - Three Tree Hill

Spioenkop Battlefield, Three Tree Hill

Piet Joubert 1831-1900 Commandant General. Acted as President of the Transvaal when the territory was annexed in 1877, joined Kruger and Pretorius to take up arms against the British. He led the commando that defeated the British at Laing's Nek, Ingogo and Majuba Hill. Joubert became commandant-general of the Transvaal and managed to crush the Jameson Raid in January 1896. He died soon after besieging Ladysmith, which proved to be disastrous....

Piet Joubert | South African History Online

Acted as President of the Transvaal when the territory was annexed in 1877, joined Kruger and Pretorius to take up arms against the British. He led the commando that defeated the British at Laing's Nek, Ingogo and Majuba Hill. Joubert became commandant-general of the Transvaal and managed to crush the Jameson Raid in January 1896. He died soon after besieging Ladysmith, which proved to be disasterous, as opposed to what his younger generals had urged him to do.

Unidentified photographer Killed British soldiers lying in trenches after the Battle of Spioenkop, near Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa. 1900, January

Unidentified photographer Killed British soldiers lying in trenches after the Battle of Spioenkop, near Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa. 1900, January

Christiaan Rudolf de Wet (7 Oct 1854 – 3 Feb 1922) was a Boer general, rebel leader and politician. De Wet served in the first Anglo-Boer War of 1880–81 as a Field Cornet, taking part in the Battle of Majuba Mountain, in which the Boers achieved a victory over the British forces under Major General Sir George Pomeroy Colley. He continued his successful career to the end of the Second Boer war, striking heavily where he could and evading every attempt to bring him to bay.

Christiaan Rudolf de Wet (7 Oct 1854 – 3 Feb 1922) was a Boer general, rebel leader and politician. De Wet served in the first Anglo-Boer War of 1880–81 as a Field Cornet, taking part in the Battle of Majuba Mountain, in which the Boers achieved a victory over the British forces under Major General Sir George Pomeroy Colley. He continued his successful career to the end of the Second Boer war, striking heavily where he could and evading every attempt to bring him to bay.

Blockhouse near Pretoria - Postcard

Blockhouses of the South African War

During the South African War of 1899-1902 blockhouses formed an essential part of British military strategy against Dutch forces. Initially these were fairly substantial and were used to guard key military points, but once the war moved into its final stages, they were used, together with barbed wire, as a means of limiting the movement of Republican commandos.