The Boers of South Africa responded to Britain's annexation of the gold-and-diamond-rich Transvaal region by declaring war on October 11, 1899. The English believed the fighting would be over by Christmas -- never dreaming they were on the brink of one of the longest, bloodiest, most costly and humiliating military campaigns in their history.
Mammoth in scope and scholarship, as vivid, fast-moving and breathtakingly compelling as the finest fiction. Thomas Pakenham's The Boer War is the definitive account of this extraordinary conflict -- a war precipitated by greed and marked by almost inconcievable blundering and brutalities . . . and whose shattering repercussions can be felt to this very day.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bezoar44 - LibraryThing
A vast quantity of meticulous historical research, as well as interviews with the last surviving veterans, underpins this lively history of the Boer War (1899 - 1902). Pakenham's book tells three ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - WouterGil - LibraryThing
Excellent book, Very rich in detail. This makes the battles sometimes incomprehensible, but this could be because english is not my mothertongue or because the exact manouevres are not of particular ... Read full review