Mafeking Memories (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1996 - History - 141 pages
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Mafeking Memories is a memoir of the siege of Mafeking in South Africa during the Boer War, as recorded by Frederick Saunders (1883-1964). Saunders, sixteen at the time of the siege, volunteered for service in the Bechuanaland Rifles, defending Mafeking against the encircling Boers. The Boer War had just begun, and with Ladysmith and Kimberley under siege as well, British reverses signaled their possible defeat at the hands of the Boers, and an international humiliation for Great Britain. Of the sieges, Mafeking's was the longest, from October 1899 to May 1900. The British public watched events in South Africa intently.
Saunders gives us a vivid and unique soldier's-eye view of the siege, the daily life, the hunger, the regular bombardment from long-range Boer guns, the forays against the Boers, and the antics of Baden-Powell, who tried to keep up the morale of the garrison. Saunders's descriptions of the countryside are graphic too, revealing an artist's sensitivity. His account nicely supplements others written by journalists and by prominent officials at Mafeking. The editor, who obtained the memoir from the Saunders family, provides an introduction that places the siege in its historical context.
  

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Contents

War Clouds
39
In the Ranks
44
Preparations for War
46
Ultimatum
51
War
54
Low Rations
59
The Brickfields
63
The Sabbath
66
Attack on Game Tree
91
After Game Tree
98
The Sniper
103
Attack on Old Fort
107
Victory Celebration
113
Relief
115
Last Campaign
120
Notes
129

Big Ben
69
Dynamite Explosion
78
Cossack Post
81
Weary Days
87
Glossary
133
Bibliography
134
Index
137
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Phillip Thurmond Smith currently teaches British history and British imperial history at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

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