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The Great Escape of the Boer Pimpernel: Christiaan De Wet - The Making of a Legend
Christiaan De Wet, commander of the Boer forces in the Anglo-Boer War, had the ability to lead his burghers, many of them individualists, with a strong hand, subjecting them to his stringent discipline. He was also a masterful strategist who could anticipate the moves of his opponents. But it was his ability to evade the British forces in what became known as the "First De ...more
Published November 1st 2001 by University of Kwazulu Natal Press
(first published January 1st 2001)
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The Great Escape of the Boer Pimpernel
Christiaan de Wet was one of the most remarkable Boer generals of the Anglo-Boer War. His uncanny ability to find weak spots in the cordons of British troops sent to catch him, was a constant source of embarrassment to British generals.
Fransjohan Pretorius's telling of de Wets capture of General Broadwood's column at Sannah's Post, prompted my son and I to visit that battlefield while filming our documentary on a western Canadian regiment, Strathcona's Hors ...more