1901 South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War. They were built by the British to protect the railway bridges from Boer attacks. The stone is local while the remaining materials were imported from Britain. These Blockhouses could house 20 men with water, ammunition and supplies stored on the lower floor. The "living" area was the middle floor and was accessible by a retractable ladder and the top floor was the "look-out" deck. Only 1000 of these Blockhouses were built.

A surviving blockhouse in South Africa. Blockhouses were constructed by the British to secure supply routes from Boer raids during the war . Second Boer War - Britain vs Dutch South African Colonists

British walking wounded after the Battle of Modder River on 28th November 1899

Lord Methuen’s encounter battle at the Modder River, fought on November as the British advanced to relieve Kimberley.

British soldiers burning a homestead.British soldiers after a hard days work: burning and looting farmsteads, interspersed with shooting livestock.

Rimington Tigers in a damaged Boer homestead (also known as Rimington’s Guides and then later as Damant’s Horse, were a unit of light horse in the British Army active in the Second

Last one is the The Royal Artillery crew in action. © IWM (Q 72291) Boer War 1899-1902

Last one is the The Royal Artillery crew in action. © IWM (Q Boer War

Boer War Troop Ship Quarters by ART NAHPRO, via Flickr  AKA South Afrikaan Farmers/Dutch

Boer War Troop Ship Quarters by ART NAHPRO, via Flickr AKA South Afrikaan Farmers/Dutch

After three successive failures to break through the Boer lines over the past few months, the British again made a thrust for Ladysmith, crossing the Tugela River on this pontoon bridge erected on Feb. 21st, 1900. (McGregor Museum)

After three successive failures to break through the Boer lines over the past few months, the British again made a thrust for Ladysmith, crossing the Tugela River on this pontoon bridge erected on Feb.

Boer War -- A British armoured train

Boer War -- A British armoured train

British artillery shell Magersfontein the battle before Paardeberg.

British artillery shell Magersfontein, but would have little effect in dislodging them from their positions, where they remained to repel the British attack.

The Boers fought in dispersed formations, sometimes carrying out regular warfare and sometimes guerilla-style forms of resistance. During the battle of Colenso in Dec 1899 British forces lost 143 KIA, 240 MIA, 755 WIA and 10 guns while the Boers lost 6 KIA and 27 WIA.

Guerrilla bóer en Spioenkop, Battle of Spioenkop, Second Boer War

Pinterest
Search