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The Boer War 1899–1902 (Essential Histories) Paperback – April 20, 2003
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This unique series studies every major war in history looking at all the aspects of war, from how it felt to be a soldier to the lasting impact of the conflict on the world around it.
About the Author
GREGORY FREMONT-BARNES holds degrees in history from the University of California, Berkeley (BA), the University of Chicago (MA) and the University of Oxford (D. Phil.). From 1993 to 2002 he lectured in British and American history in Japan, principally at Kobe University. He is the author of The French Revolutionary Wars (2001), The Peninsular War (2002), and The Fall of the French Empire, 1813-1815 (2002). He is currently co-editing the four-volume Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War.
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"Both British Commanders-in-Chief, Field Marshal Sir John French and Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, were cavalry commanders, each of whom not only possessed outmoded ideas on the place of the mounted arm, but failed to understand the proper role of infantry and artillery, both of which replaced the cavalry as the primary elements of continental European warfare more than a generation before 1914" (p. 91).
The military historian manages to avoid being repetitive, a feature I've encountered in two other Osprey publications, except for one occasion, namely on page 65 regarding the role of blockhouse system, where the same information is given both in the main text and the smaller typeset caption to the map on page 66.
Not surprisingly, perhaps due to PC conditioning, a crucial factor goes unmentioned: the machinations of Jew 'gold (and diamond) bugs' as instigators and beneficiaries of the war. De Beers was controlled not only by the Rothschild-backed Cecil Rhodes but by Barney Barnato (né Barnett Isaacs). Allies (controllers?) of Alfred Milner included Wernher, Beit and Co. (Julius Wernher, Alfred Beit, Lionel Phillips et al. - the Eckstein Group). They financed the thwarted Jameson raid in 1895 that can be viewed as a warning prelude to the outbreak of hostilities in 1899. For more on this (the Consolidated Goldfields, S. Neumann and Co., and the Exploration Company, which was another Rothschild tentacle) and related issues, consult British economist John Atkinson Hobson's (1858-1940) book entitled The War in South Africa: Its Causes and Effects (Classic Reprint) (first edition: New York - Macmillan 1900), particularly the chapter 'For whom we are fighting?' pp. 189-97 - available online. As an eyewitness, he made the following observation:
"It is difficult to state the truth about our doings in South Africa without seeming to appeal to the ignomious passion of Judenhetze (Jew-baiting)...Recent developments of Transvaal gold-mining have thrown the economic resources of the country more and more into the hands of a small group of international financiers, chiefly German in origin and Jewish in race. By superior ability, and organisation these men, out-competing the slower-witted Briton, have attained a practical supremacy which no one who has visited Johannesburg is likely to question...I thus discovered that not Hamburg, not Vienna, not Frankfurt, but Johannesburg is the New Jerusalem."
not only as to the movement of the troops but the lay of the land.
Not being familiar with South Africa, like most of the readers, maps help to understand
the progress of the war and the difficulties in the terrain. Also it would have been good
to have broken down the population in more detail. The books does not discuss what
happened to the Utilanders in the Transvaal or the Orange Free State.
This book is what this series does best: present a little understood period of military history with some background, goals of participants, and outcome.