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“The savage wars of peace”
The name given by Rudyard Kipling to the wars fought during Queen Victoria’s reign (20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901) – was a period when British soldiers were engaged in fighting for her and her empire during every year of her reign.
South Africa played a significant part in the history of this period. Here are two interesting facts:
- On 22 January 1879 the British army suffered it’s single biggest defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana where 52 British Officers and 810 men lost their lives to a Zulu army equipped with only shields and spears, and
- The Anglo-Boer War (South African War) 1899 to 1902, was the most expensive war in the history of Britain costing an estimated 210 million Pounds (equivalent to a staggering 24 billion Pounds today.)
“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers.
The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country” – George S Patton
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED BATTLE
THE BATTLE OF PAARDEBERG
18 – 27 February 1900: A major battle during the South African War – fought near Paardeberg Drift, on the banks of the Modder River.
After the 124-day siege of Kimberley was finally lifted on 15 February 1900, Boer General Cronje and his commandos started retiring eastwards towards Bloemfontein. The main body of the convoy moved slowly due to the presence of women and children. As strange as it may seem today, when the Boers fought in those days, many of them took their families along, and to understand this, one has to appreciate the struggles they faced in the Great Trek of 1836. On the night of 16 February 1900 they halted on the banks of the Modder River near Paardeberg Drift …