South African (Boer) War

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The National Women's Memorial in honour of the somewhat 30 000 women and children who died in concentration camps during the Anglo Boer War, mostly due to neglect and starvation. Bloemfontein, South Africa

The National Women's Memorial in honour of the somewhat 30 000 women and children who died in concentration camps during the Anglo Boer War, mostly due to neglect and starvation. Bloemfontein, South Africa

A Boer farm is demolished. The brutal tactics employed by the British to suppress the Boer insurgency were equally - if not more - effective at earning the enmity of the population than actually bringing the Boers to heel. The Boer commandos remaining in the field proved effective right up until the end of the war, and were forced to the negotiating table not because of military defeat, but because their hopes of fomenting an uprising of the Boers in the Cape Colony (which was not subjected…

A Boer farm is demolished. The brutal tactics employed by the British to suppress the Boer insurgency were equally - if not more - effective at earning the enmity of the population than actually bringing the Boers to heel. The Boer commandos remaining in the field proved effective right up until the end of the war, and were forced to the negotiating table not because of military defeat, but because their hopes of fomenting an uprising of the Boers in the Cape Colony (which was not subjected…

Holkrans Cave: The uninhabited Holkrans Cave in the Meiringskloof Nature Reserve offered shelter to the entire population of women and children of Fouriesburg during the Anglo-Boer War. They hid in the cave until the war was over. The cave has an enormous overhang and the entrance is not easily detected. Legend has it that the British soldiers often heard the women and children's voices in the hills but that they could not detect where the sound came from.

Holkrans Cave: The uninhabited Holkrans Cave in the Meiringskloof Nature Reserve offered shelter to the entire population of women and children of Fouriesburg during the Anglo-Boer War. They hid in the cave until the war was over. The cave has an enormous overhang and the entrance is not easily detected. Legend has it that the British soldiers often heard the women and children's voices in the hills but that they could not detect where the sound came from.

Holkrans Cave: The uninhabited Holkrans Cave in the Meiringskloof Nature Reserve offered shelter to the entire population of women and children of Fouriesburg during the Anglo-Boer War. They hid in the cave until the war was over. The cave has an enormous overhang and the entrance is not easily detected. Legend has it that the British soldiers often heard the women and children's voices in the hills but that they could not detect where the sound came from.

Holkrans Cave: The uninhabited Holkrans Cave in the Meiringskloof Nature Reserve offered shelter to the entire population of women and children of Fouriesburg during the Anglo-Boer War. They hid in the cave until the war was over. The cave has an enormous overhang and the entrance is not easily detected. Legend has it that the British soldiers often heard the women and children's voices in the hills but that they could not detect where the sound came from.

Members of New Zealand's Sixth Contingent burn a Boer farm, 1901. This photograph was possibly taken by Private William Raynes. During the second phase of the war Boer farms were often cleared of their inhabitants: houses and possessions were burned and the livestock either taken by the British  or destroyed. As a result of this method, more than 30,000 farms were burnt and up to 3.6 million sheep were destroyed.

Members of New Zealand's Sixth Contingent burn a Boer farm, 1901. This photograph was possibly taken by Private William Raynes. During the second phase of the war Boer farms were often cleared of their inhabitants: houses and possessions were burned and the livestock either taken by the British or destroyed. As a result of this method, more than 30,000 farms were burnt and up to 3.6 million sheep were destroyed.

Personal recollections testify that there were beatings and kicking of "Undesirables" in the camps by the British soldiers. The British burned the homesteads, killed livestock and destroyed crops. Women and children of burghers in the field were labeled "Undesirables" treated much worse than those of men who had surrendered.

Personal recollections testify that there were beatings and kicking of "Undesirables" in the camps by the British soldiers. The British burned the homesteads, killed livestock and destroyed crops. Women and children of burghers in the field were labeled "Undesirables" treated much worse than those of men who had surrendered.

This Day in History: Oct 11, 1899: Boer War begins in South Africa dingeengoete.blogspot.com http://www.mystudios.com/artgallery/paintings/185001-185500/185340/size1.jpg

This Day in History: Oct 11, 1899: Boer War begins in South Africa dingeengoete.blogspot.com http://www.mystudios.com/artgallery/paintings/185001-185500/185340/size1.jpg

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