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The Great Boer War Paperback – May 21, 2014
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Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the best loved writers in the English Language, mainly for his Sherlock Holmes character, but he also wrote historic non-fiction, adventure, other detective and mystery, and personal stories, all to great acclaim. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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That is of no importance to me and others who seek depth of history of this time. However if you are looking for a great fast-moving epic like "Goodbye Dolly Grey" then you will find this a little too fiber-filled!
Sir Arthur is however unique in that he really tries to illustrate the complexity, power, God-fearing, independent, tough, and woefully stubborn character of the Boer. He does this with wonderful fairness and class. It was easier to understand why this motley bunch of farmers with great weapons, rapid mobility, decent leadership and dedication could make such fools of 5 or 6 of the then top 10 British generals ... especially the darling of the Victorian age Sir Redvers "Reverse" Buller VC. Who at times seemed to be losing the war against himself ... never mind the Boers!
"Remember Majuba Tommy!"
The author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, gives the reason behind the cause of the war. There is rather an extensive, and interesting history that lead to the situation that the country found itself in. The military tactics required a special approach for the South African Campaign. I found that I could not stop reading because I wanted to know how a certain campaign turned out and what happened next. I am glad I read the book because it gave me an understanding into what the Boer war was about.
It almost as if two wars were fought ,one conventional ,and one guerilla. The war was conducted in a gentlemanly fashion by both sides as far as war would allow, especially by their treatment of prisoners, but it is not to say that they did not take advantage of the situation wherever they could. It was a victory for South Africa on the side of justice that was not so easily won.
Of special interest is a short story for the reader which goes as follows; to the North of Estcourt (a town) General Hildyard was receiving reinforcements via ships in its campaign against Colenso (a town) to relieve the siege of Ladysmith ( another town) on Nov. 15th. An armored train was sent form Estcourt to survey the situation. Winston Churchill was among its passengers and the train was ambushed by the Boers. Churchill became the trains driver and escaped in the cab along with the wounded. Winston Churchill was a well known correspondent at the time.