Fought between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal Republic, the First Boer War (1880–1881) was a rebellion by the Boers (farmers) against British rule in the Transvaal that re-established their independence. The engagements that it involved, such as they were, were small and involved few casualties.
More commonly referred to as just the Boer War, the Second Boer War (1899–1902), by contrast, was a lengthy conflict involving large numbers of troops from many British possessions (up to as many as 500,000 men), which ended with the conversion of the Boer republics into British colonies. The British defeated the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, first in open warfare and then in a long and bitter guerrilla campaign. British losses were high due to both disease and combat. It was also the war conflict which saw Winston Churchill first achieve household fame.
The war had a lasting effect on the region and on British domestic politics. For Britain, the Boer War was the longest, the most expensive (£200 million), and the bloodiest conflict between 1815 and 1914, lasting three months longer and resulting in higher British casualties than the Crimean War.
This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.
ShipCraft 23: Rodney and Nelson
By: Les Brown, Robert Brown
Terrible Swift Sword
By: John P Langellier
International Tank Development From 1970
By: Alexander Ludeke
Journey to the Western Front
By: R H Mottram
Hitler's Propaganda Pilgrimage
By: Bob Carruthers
On Laughter-Silvered Wings
By: Gail Strever – Morkel
The Secret Lives of Codebreakers
By: Sinclair Mckay
Letters from the Light Brigade
By: Anthony Dawson
The Perilous Road to Rome & Beyond
By: Edward Grace