British in ZAR and Free state – ABWars

 

Wêreldwyd is daar heelwat webtuistes wat melding maak van Boere en wat die Britte gedoen het tydens die Anglo-Boere oorloë.   Die Boere –  dis hoe die burgers in die twee onafhanklike lande bekendgestaan het.   Dus, die nageslagte afkomstig uit die twee onafhanklike Boere republieke moet na meer as ‘n eeu heel trots voel op wat ‘n klein minderheid voorgeslagte uitgerig het veral teenoor die magtige koloniale Britse ryk.   Die Boere het net hul lande en lewens probeer verdedig.  Daar was nie sprake van ‘n weermag nie teenoor die magtige weermag van Brittanje.

Horses in the South African War – Horses – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New  Zealand




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Saluut – dis nie die Boere wat die Engelse binnegeval en hul gebiede geannekseer het nie, dis andersom.   Beeldmateriaal en stories oor die Voortrekkers en twee onafhanklike Boere republieke wat in Brittanje se pad gestaan het om te kolonialiseer.   Die Britte ook ander etniese volke se gebiede geannekseer, sedert 1850’s reservate en kroongebiede geword het.

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The Boer defence of their homeland can in some ways be compared to Finland’s surprisingly effective defence of its soil against Soviet invasion. In both cases, a small but extremely dedicated and effective fighting force was able to stall and humiliate a much superior invading force.  

It is perhaps not a coincidence that the Boer War began at the very end of Queen Victoria’s reign and the passing of the Victorian Era. The British Empire was at its absolute height, and the world’s superpower. 

When war came with the British Empire (Anglo Boer wars), the plucky Boers refused to surrender and despite being heavily outnumbered and overshadowed by the industrial might of the Empire, they conducted a spirited defence of their homeland which inflicted heavy losses and bitter humiliation on the proud imperial troops.

It is a measure of their tenacious defence, that the Empire was forced to call upon troops and material from all corners of the Empire in order to defeat the Boers. Troops were drafted from the Indian subcontinent, recruited from Australia and Canada, and from the mother land itself. But even against these impossible odds, the Boers held out. First fighting a conventional war and then, when they were finally overwhelmed in the field by the superior arms and numbers of the British, resorting to a brilliant guerilla warfare that tied down thousands of imperial troops and exacted an enormous toll in causalities and material losses.

https://www.boerwararchive.com/indexdepth.html

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After the annexation of Cape Colony by Great Britain, troubles arose between the Government and the Boers, and in 1836 many of them left the colony in what was described as the Great Trek and founded the Orange Free State and also the Transvaal Republic. In 1858 the Boers gave themselves a constitution, and after a time the commonwealth was recognized. But in 1877 the Cape Government, fearing an outbreak which might lead to a general rising of the natives, took possession of and annexed the territory. In December 1880, the Boers took up arms, but a treaty of peace ensued in 1881 under which British suzerainty was recognized as to foreign affairs. In 1884 this treaty was modified, and the suzerainty was practically given up by the British Government.

https://www.boerwararchive.com/boers.html

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History of Boer Wars

https://www.boerwararchive.com/history/index.html

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Rare footage! This montage is from the second Anglo-Boer War which was fought between the British Empire and the Afrikaans-speaking Dutch settlers of two independent Boer republics, the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. It ended with the conversion of the Boer republics into British colonies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D17UQ4BhkmQ

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RETIEF

This story takes place high up on the escarpment that forms the boundary between the two provinces KwaZulu Natal and Free State. 


In 1837 the Voortrekkers camped at a most spectacular site near the Oliviershoek Pass ..


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Spioenkop

Ron Gold History Series Part 1 – What made the Boers such formidable adversaries?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkfzRbyOBcQ

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Ron Gold – The British Army in South Africa in 1899

 


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Ron Gold History Series Part 4. Anglo Boer War: 4) – The Armies prepare

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTT2er346rg

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The Boer ultimatum, that had been handed to the British resident in Pretoria two days previously, expired at 5:00 pm on Wednesday evening on the 11th October. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JJr1k16OM

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10th – 17th December 1899

Anglo-Boer War: A Black Week for the British army


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British horses during the Anglo-Boer wars

 

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