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Hill of Squandered Valour: The Battle for Spion Kop, 1900
by Ron Lock
The Battle of Spion Kop was fought during the campaign to relieve Ladysmith, South Africa, after the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State had gotten a jump on the British Empire and besieged a British army in the town. It was the single bloodiest episode in the campaign, as well as a harbinger of the bitter and desperate fighting still to come in the Second Boer ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 25th 2011 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
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I found this book both readable and very informative and having visited the Spion Kop found it very easy to relate to the topography described. It does seem there is as much of the book devoted to the lead up to the battle than the battle itself, not necessarily a bad thing as it is all very interesting.
Ron Lock has spent much of his life in Africa, including thirteen years in Kenya and Tanganyika. He served in the Mounted Troop of the Royal Military Police and the Rift Valley Troop of the Kenya Police. He is the author of Blood on the Painted Mountain - Hlobane and Kambula, 1879 and numerous articles on military history which have been published in the UK and USA. He is also a registered guide t ...moreMore about Ron Lock...