(EBOOK) Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War

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Tish had The author relates a number of battles where people around him were killed or injured including friends and fellow soldiers of long experience He talks about their desperate movements AROUND THE COUNTRY TRYING TO STAY the country trying to stay step ahead of the superior enemy troops and how they slipped around them and moved into the Cape Town part of the country behind enemy lines and the success those forces had there Many incidents of courage and daring are related All in all an entertaining and educational book My copy is the Folio Society edition from 1982 Excellent condition and very well put together slip cased book 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 Deneys Reitz s brilliantly vivid account Commando A Boer Journal 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 style that is a reat pleasure to readTactics used by either side of the Boer war reveal an obvious polarity Each side of the conflict fought in a completely different style British forces Silver in the Wood generally used the columnar infantry tactics the standard formation of nineteenth century militaries The Boers on the other hand lacked such rigid military training and discipline As an incredibly mobile force of mounted infantry their tactics relied on their intimate knowledge of the terrain exploiting natural cover and elevation differences to wreak havoc on approaching British columns The Boers lack of formal discipline went even further in the fact that their commanders were often elected and Boer soldiers came and went from the front lines according to their own personal desires and whims Leadership was not determined by rank but by charisma Another form of duality was the two very distinct phases of the war The start of the war consisted of large conflicts involving largeroups Often Boers would entrench in strategic locations to exploit their marksmanship or they attempted to siege specific cities Reitz presents these conflicts through the eyes of the Boers who had no idea the level of catastrophe they caused the British From Reitz s perspective these battles were tough and the Boers seemed convinced that all was lost However Unknown To Them The British Suffered Harsh Ignoble Defeats unknown to them the British suffered harsh ignoble defeats because of this lack of 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 histo. Were to be made full use of during the war He fought with different Boer Commandos where each Commando consisted mainly of farmers on horseback using their own horses and uns Commando describes the tumult through the eyes of a warrior in the saddle Reitz was fortunate to be present at nearly every one of the major. Great first hand account of the ANGLO BOER WAR FROM THE PERSPECTIVE Boer war from the perspective an unusually astute young boer foot soldierDeneys Reitz not only saw a lot of action in the war being involved in many of the saw a lot of action in the war being involved in many of the notable battles of which he ives 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 and short vignettes of the personalities that helped a young fledgling nation take a stand against the British Empire A lamentable tale of things done long ago and ill done War is a zero sum ame especially when it is part of a colonialist scheme I cringed at the names mentioned in this book Smuts Botha So Reminiscent Of SA S Recent Horrific Past Somehow so reminiscent of SA s recent horrific past somehow could not et myself to The Second Cure go beyond their recent connotations Still one of my ancestors is mentioned here in the battefield so vicariously I m part of this madness I found this book certainly interesting historically the dynamics of the Anglo Boer war explained in detail from a participant observer The realisation that Boers could only hope to win some victories against the British via usinguerilla tactics really changed the course of this conflict and Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities gave the Boers at times the upper hand despite their markedly inferior numbers and euipment thanks to their knowledge of terrain Reitz haduts is all I can say his youth smartness and determination often saving the day The Boers in The Sorcerer's Apprentice general come out here as tough resilient hard and certainly key in shaping this wonderful nation called South Africa I couldnt help but think that so many of the descendants of these men Coetzee and Malan to name but two helped shape the literature of this nation I enjoyed the latter part of the book maybe because there was of a clearoal reaching the sea and Eagle's Gate gathering back forces As a historic document I cannot deny it is superb 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 Itives 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 World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi grew up hunting and riding horses and his experience stood him and his companions inood stead against the British who they often outshot because of their superior marksmanship He tells of the early days of the conflict where armies faced off against each other in typical European style and then once the Boer s ot the worst of that they moved to uerrilla tactics because of the significant numerical superiority the Bri. 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 acuired during those years. Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War

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Ry One day when I became an authority on the Boer War Enough to persuade teenagers at least This book will be the thing to thank Deneys Reitz takes you along in the saddle in this epic memoir of the Anglo Boer War from the starting days in 1899 to the bittereinders in 1902 He experienced a lot of actions from Spioenkop the retreat from the Free State and Jan Smuts raid into the Cape Colony and met many high ranking officials and officers and Who Is Muhammad Ali? gives an all round perspective of the fighting from the sieges the trenches and theuerillas This is probably the best book on the war and is honestly written and vividly described and was written originally in 1903 when he was in exile in Madagascar Great book by a Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything great man and I highly recommend this to all readers even if you are not interested in warfare 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 theuerrilla war that was fought thereafterConsidering that this book was never written in the authors first language it was a huge achievementThis is a reat read if you are into historical accounts from a first hand perspective Absolutely fantastic One of the most capable and brave Boer commandants wrote this memoir Everybody who would like to about the Boer War should read this Also Thomas Packenham Boer War and memoirs of Jan Smuts I really enjoyed this first hand account of the Second Boer War unusually written from the Boer perspective Deneys Reitz was 17 at the outbreak of hostilities in 1899 and fought through the entire war before oing into exile in Madagascar in 1902 rather than sign the declaration of surrender where he wrote this account of the war He writes with an immediacy and raciness that makes his book feel like a series of journalistic dispatches In his teens and early twenties during the events he recounts and when he wrote about them of journalistic dispatches In his teens and early twenties during the events he recounts and when he wrote about them youthful enthusiasm for adventure and danger come through Paradoxically the other uality that he clearly demonstrates is typical Boer stoicism in the face of adversity and hardshipThe main events of the war are recounted from a first hand point of view as the Boers initially engage in conventional warfare and suffer a number of defeats before switching to
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of a style insurgency Reitz writes with a fairly light tone and most of the horrors of the war in South Africa are kept in the background One exception is his account of the trial and execution of a spy during his time with Jan Smuts in Cape Colony towards the end of the warThis is as fresh and vivid as when it was written and distinctively captures the combination of carefree youthfulness and tough stoicism that I suspect are common to soldiers in all wars. Battles of the war Commando is a straightforward narrative that describes an extraordinary adventure and brings us a vivid unforgettable picture of mobile uerrilla warfare especially later in the war as General Smuts and men like Reitz fought on braving heat cold rain lack of food clothing and boots tiring horses. ,