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Goodbye Dolly Gray: The Story of the Boer War
by Rayne Kruger
Taking his title from that bade farewell to an era, Rayner Kruger brilliantly describes the background, the arms and armies, the campaigns and personalities of the war in which soldiers from across the British Empire marched to a succession of brave defeats at hands of sharpshooting farmers. These were calamitous blows, struck not only at an immense British Army but - as t ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published January 4th 1996 by Pimlico
(first published 1974)
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This is an excellent general history of the Boer War for anyone just starting to explore the literature of this fascinating, troubling conflict in southern Africa whose echoes are still with us today. It covers all the main actions, from the series of spectacular British bungles which began the war, to the departure of Roberts (who thought he had done the job) to Kitchener's brutal war of repression against the fast-moving Boer commandoes and the Boer people. It's easy history, written with narr ...more
Great book on the aspect of the Boer struggle in the Boer War. Properly depicts the Boer's as a fighting guerilla unit, try to defeat the Goliath like British, whom through frustration of the Boer's guerilla methods result to inhumane tactics to end the struggle.