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Commando: A Boer Journal Of The Boer War

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Deneys Reitz was 17 when the Anglo-Boer War broke out in 1899. Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people, but "as a South African, one had to fight for one's country." Reitz had learned to ride, shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk, and the skills and endurance he had acquired during those years were to be made full use of during the war. He fou...more
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Mike Hankins
The Boer War of 1899 is perhaps a textbook example of dualities in war, and Deneys Reitz’s brilliantly vivid account: Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War embraces and examines these inherent polarities. Despite being published in 1929, it still reads as fresh as if it were published today, working both on the level of a primary account of the Boer War and as a subtle reflection on the nature of the war and its strange dichotomies. Reitz manages to accomplish this deftly with an engaging sty...more
John Cass
Great first hand account of the Anglo-Boer war, from the perspective of an unusually astute young boer foot soldier.

Deneys Reitz not only saw a lot of action in the war, being involved in many of the most notable battles of which he gives a full personal account, but he also met many of the leaders and most prominent dignitaries involved in the conflict (Kruger, de la Rey, Smuts, Churchill, and others). As such, he is able to provide intimate details on the day to day life of the fighting men, a...more
This is first hand account of the 2nd Boer War from the perspective a young Boer soldier. The book is well written and the account shows the hardships of both conventional war and the guerrilla war that was fought thereafter.
Considering that this book was never written in the authors first language, it was a huge achievement.
This is a great read if you are into historical accounts from a first hand perspective.
Gerold Whittaker
The narrative of (later to be) Colonel Reitz who, as a 17-year-old, fought against the British in the Anglo-Boer War, and 30 years later commanded a British Regiment in France. If you have ties to South Africa, this book will be of interest to you as it is packed with history.
Absolutely fantastic. One of the most capable and brave Boer commandants wrote this memoir. Everybody who would like to more about the Boer War should read this. Also, Thomas Packenham: Boer War and memoirs of Jan Smuts.
I enjoy memoir because it usually takes you away from dry recitations of facts and lets you experience history thru the the thoughts and remembrances of people who were there. It gives history an added layer of humanity and reality. I've read just a little about the Boer war. A Henty book years ago perhaps and a book on Churchill's experiences. Reitz (pronounced "rates") was a older teen when the conflict started. He grew up hunting and riding horses and his experience stood him and his companio...more
This is a violent, tragic and moving story of men fighting against the British Empire, to defend their land... a lost cause for these soldiers, but an incredible courage and an unbreakable tenacity they had. This war was one of the first modern conflicts, with shells, dynamite bombings, concentration camps (created by the English !!) and scorched-earth strategy... Well-written and vivid storytelling styled. To my opinion a masterpiece of military history. Hail to the Boers.
Dave Glass
One of my favourite books. A must-read for any South Africans, or those with an interest in the Anglo-Boer war.

Also read Packenham. Both books are
insightful and well-researched.
Reitz was certainly a hard-assed bastard, fighting wars in South Africa during the turn of the last century at age 17. The book details some of the battles he was in as he was starving and reduced to fighting while wearing nothing but a blanket and homemade sandals during the winter when the British cut off his supply lines.

It's a good biography, but it doesn't contain much direct information about his individual gunfights or tactics.
A good read about the war and put it in perspective
Thom Dunn
First published in 1929 by Faber and Faber, London. and see for this, 2008, edition.
Greg Espey
Read it... Especially if you're South African. Amazing story.
A really great book to read when travelling in South Africa.
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