Colenso 1899

The Boer War in Natal

Colenso 1899 cover

Colenso 1899

The Boer War in Natal

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In 1899 Great Britain was at the height of its Imperial power. The Queen Empress had been on the throne for more than 50 glittering years, and her domain touched upon every continent. Yet, even at this pinnacle of Imperial pomp and majesty, the British army, guardian of the Empire in countless wars across the globe, was destined to be humiliated by poorly-organised citizen militia consisting of men whom the British professionals despised as back-wood farmers. In one week in December 1899 the farmers of the South African Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal inflicted three serious reverses on British troops.

Table of Contents

The Origins of the Anglo-Boer War/Opposing Strategies and Armies/The Natal Campaign/The Opening Stages/The Commanders/The Battle of Colenso/The Battle of Spioenkop/Breakthrough/The Battlefields Today/Chronology/A Guide to Further Reading/Wargaming Colenso and Spioenkop

Product details

Published May 15 1995
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 98
ISBN 9781855324664
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 73 b/w; 11 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 38
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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