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London to Ladysmith via Pretoria

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"This small book is mainly a personal record of my adventures and impressions during the first five months of the African War. It may also be found to give a tolerably coherent account of the operations conducted by Sir Redvers Buller for the Relief of Ladysmith. The correspondence of which it is mainly composed appeared in the columns of the Morning Post newspaper, and I ...more
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Published September 16th 2005 by Wildside Press
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Andrew
Mar 08, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by a relatively young Winston Churchill, yet already in full "Churchill-style" this was an interesting, but short book to read. Churchill takes us through his adventures during the Boer War as a war correspondent and British soldier. He begins on the steamship passage from London to South Africa and then on his overland journey to the front. Next he details his capture by the Boers and his daring escape as a prisoner of war. Finally he recounts his days with the invading British army as ...more
Rob
Jan 08, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it
A very readable account of the lifting of the siege of the town of Ladysmith, in South Africa, during the (second) Boer war of 1899-1902. This is more commonly known as the Relief of Ladysmith. During this period of time Winston was a war correspondent for the Morning Post. His reports from the battlefield form the basis of this book. It also includes a full and graphic description of Winston's capture by the Boers, and his subsequent escape and flight to freedom.
Churchill's own words give some
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James Wilken
Jul 28, 2015 James Wilken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not their finest hour

Churchill would later describe the defense of Britain against Hitler's Luftwaffe in 1940-41 as the "finest hour" in the long history of the Empire. Clearly, the Boer War was not. Yet, in this account of the relief of Ladysmith, young correspondent/cavalry officer Winston S. Churchill has shown by virtue of his personal view and participation in the South African war that it was not their worst hour. Churchill's stubborn resistance of the Nazi juggernaut in WWII May have been
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Ian
Mar 08, 2014 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and entertaining story of the young Churchill. I can see why he annoyed his military superiors.
Debbie Zapata
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it it was ok
Shelves: pg
I had to give up on this one...he writes wonderfully, but the subject matter was simply too outdated for me.
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, "for his mastery ...more
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