postheadericon Boer War Books

Among the most interesting of Boer War Books is surely “With the Boer Forces” by Howard C. Hillegas. Hillegas was a newspaper reporter for the The New York World before the war broke out and he was sent as a correspondent to South Africa to cover the story of the war from the Boer’s side. Here is an excerpt from With the Boer Forces:

“The cannon on the southern hills became more active and their shells caused the landscape surrounding the waterworks to be filled with geysers of dust. Troops which were stationed near the white smoke-stack suddenly spurred their horses forward and dashed northward to seek safety behind a long undulation in the ground. The artillerymen in the hills followed their movements with shells, and the dust-fountains sprang up at the very heels of the troops. The cannon at the drift joined in the attack on the horsemen scattered over the slope, and the big guns at the waterworks continued to reply vigorously. The men in the spruit were watching the artillery duel intently as they sped up and down the bottom of the water-less stream, searching for points of vantage. A large number of them moved rapidly down the spruit towards its confluence with the Modder River in order to check the advance of the troops driven forward by the shell-fire, and another party rushed eastward to secure positions in the rear of the British cannon at the waterworks. The banks of the stream still concealed them, but they dared not fire lest the enemy should disturb their plans. On and on they dashed, over rocks and chasms, until they were within a few hundred yards of a part of the British force…”

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postheadericon Commando

CommandoBy Deneys Reitz

A Boer Journal of the Boer War

(Revised in May 2009). Deneys Reitz was 17 when the Boer War broke out in 1899. Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people, but “as a South African, one had to fight for one’s country.” Reitz had learned to ride, shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk, and the skills and endurance he had acquired during those years were to be made full use of during the war.

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postheadericon Story of the War in South Africa

Story of the War in South AfricaBy Alfred T. Mahan

“Story of the War in South Africa: 1899-1900″ is Alfred T. Mahan’s compelling rendition of the Boer War in South Africa which details the battles fought during the first half of the war.

Captain Alfred T. Mahan (1840–1914) was a US naval officer and strategic analyst. He was also a professor and president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

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postheadericon The Great Boer War

The Great Boer WarBy Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle made his reputation as a novelist, but far stranger than fiction is the creator of Sherlock Holmes’ tale of the Boer War in South Africa. The then 40-year-old novelist wanted to see the war first hand as a soldier, but the Victorian army balked at having a popular author wielding a pen in its ranks. The army did accept him as a doctor and Doyle was knighted in 1902 for his work with a field hospital in Bloemfontein.

Doyle’s vivid account of the battles is in part thanks to the eye-witness accounts he got from his patients. Doyle has thoroughly mastered the details of the campaign, and presents them in a form that can be easily understood. Furthermore, his descriptions of the various engagements are masterpieces of graphic writing.

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postheadericon With the Boer Forces

With the Boer ForcesBy Howard C. Hillegas

This book portrays Howard C. Hillegas’ account of the Anglo-Boer War (1899 – 1902). He was sent to South Africa as a correspondent by The New York World and wrote this book on his return to New York after spending time with the Boer forces in the field.

From the preface: “In the following pages I have endeavoured to present an accurate picture of the Boers in war-time. My duties as a newspaper correspondent carried me to the Boer side, and herein I depict all that I saw.

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