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Boer Commando 1876-1902

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Their lifestyle of hunting for sport and profit honed the Boers' skills of field-craft, horsemanship, and marksmanship, making them a formidable force in the field and well suited to guerrilla operations. This book describes the life and combat experiences of a typical Boer in this key period. Using meticulously researched analysis and comment, and the experiences of a composite character, Johannes de Bruyn, a revealing portrait of Boer life and military operations is drawn. The actions at Laing's Neck, Majuba, ...

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Overview

Their lifestyle of hunting for sport and profit honed the Boers' skills of field-craft, horsemanship, and marksmanship, making them a formidable force in the field and well suited to guerrilla operations. This book describes the life and combat experiences of a typical Boer in this key period. Using meticulously researched analysis and comment, and the experiences of a composite character, Johannes de Bruyn, a revealing portrait of Boer life and military operations is drawn. The actions at Laing's Neck, Majuba, the Zulu Civil War and the Second Anglo-Boer War are covered in this packed and informative treatment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841766485
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 842,815
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Knight was born in 1956. He was a freelance writer on military history for ten years before studying Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Kent. He has written widely on Zulu and Boer history and travelled extensively in Zululand. Ian was the editor of the Victorian Military Society journal for many years, and has written several books for Osprey on 19th-century warfare.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chronology 7
Enlistment 8
Training 13
Daily Life 15
Life on trek
Feeding the commandos
Commando duties
Pastimes on commando
Drink and tobacco
Appearance, Dress and Weapons 22
Belief and Belonging 28
Life on Campaign 31
Experience of Battle 46
Aftermath 56
Museum Collections 58
Collecting and Re-Enactment 59
Notes 60
Glossary 60
Bibliography 61
Colour Plates 61
Index 64
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