This Day in History: Oct 11, 1899: Boer War begins in South Africa

Dinge en Goete (Things and Stuff): This Day in History: Oct Boer War begins in South Africa

Louis Botha - Anglo-Boer War

Boer War Louis Botha, Commander-in-chief of the Transvaal Boers, fighting with impressive capability at Colenso and Spion kop. After the fall of Pretoria, he led a concerted guerrilla campaign against the British.

Of the slightly more than 104,000 women and children placed in these camps, about 28,000 died. The humanitarian world was appalled. The conduct of the British against the civilian Boer population was the subject of universal disapprobation, so it's interesting to note that his written defense of the British cause in the war was the reason Conan Doyle (creator of the Sherlock Holmes) was later knighted

Of the slightly more than women and children placed in these camps…

A brigade of Irish volunteers who supported the Boers in the Anglo-Boer war, 1899. This is the earliest known photograph of an Irish concert...

A brigade of Irish volunteers who supported the Boers in the Anglo-Boer war, This is the earliest known photograph of an Irish concert.

Many Americans fought with alongside the Boers. They vowed not to cut their hair until the British were kicked out of South Africa. (Photo coloured by myself. Henri Le Riche)

Many Americans fought with alongside the Boers. They vowed not to cut their hair until the British were kicked out of South Africa. (Photo coloured by myself.


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