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We Wander the Battlefields by Midge Carter

We Wander the Battlefields is the fruit of Midge Carter’s life-long passion for the history of the Anglo-Boer and Zulu […]

 
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Another Blood Soaked Hill in Zululand

GUNNER FREDERICK HENRY BRADLEY V.C. Although suffering from the worst drought in decades, one hopes that the rainy season is […]

 
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The Capture of Winston Churchill

THE CAPTURE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL – THE ARMOURED TRAIN INCIDENT. 15 NOVEMBER 1899. “I have had, in the last four […]

 
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Itala Monument to Valour by M C Carter

Twice in less than 23 years, Natal was saved from invasion by the gallant stands made by two small, vastly […]

 
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Frederick Hitch and the defence of Rorkes Drift by M Boucher

The story of Rorke’s Drift has often been told and perhaps nowhere so graphically as by Donald R. Morris in […]

 
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The Prince Imperial by Alf Wade

This article is the text of a talk to the S.A. Military History Society by Mr Alf Wade, of Vryheid, […]

 
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Major Barr’s Pilgrimage: An old warrior revisits his Anglo-Boer War Battlefields by Ken Gillings

[Scribe’s note – this originally appeared in two parts but is condensed here for continuity] Author’s note: There are, throughout […]

 
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The Lonely Graves of Zululand by H W Kinsey

One of the most poignant aspects of the Zulu War is the relatively small number of lonely graves scattered about […]

 
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The Anglo Zulu War as depicted in Soldiers Letters by Frank Emery

In ‘The Red Soldier’ my main purpose was to illustrate the first-hand evidence that lies in a specific course of […]

 
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Col A W Durnford by SB Bourquin

From his service in South Africa over a broken period of eight years, the impression which emerges of Anthony William […]

 
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The Helpmekaar Duel by Ken Gillings

Battles such as Colenso, Ladysmith, Nicholson’s Nek, Spioenkop and others of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 have consistendy captured the […]

 
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TROOP SERGEANT MAJOR SIMEON KAMBULA, DCM: Natal Native Horse by Dr F K Mitchell, JCD

Simeon Kambula had grown up in Edendale, the Methodist Mission Station near Pietermaritzburg. His father, Elijah Kambula had served as […]

 
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THE BAMBATA REBELLION OF 1906: NKANDLA OPERATIONS AND THE BATTLE OF MOME GORGE, 10 June 1906 by K.G.Gillings, JCD

The Battle of Mome Gorge broke the back of an uprising which has had its parallels in this country on […]

 
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ZULULAND AND THE ANGLO-BOER WAR (1899-1902) by A de V Minnaar

Institute for Historical Research (Human Sciences Research Council) Introduction Although Zululand as such was not involved in the mainstream of […]

 
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UTRECHT DISTRICT and the ANGLO-ZULU WAR, 1879 by Huw M Jones

In 1879, the small village of Utrecht and its surrounding district was the most remote administrative unit of the Zuid-Afrikaansche […]

 
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SHOULD BREAKER MORANT BE PARDONED? by Robert Eales

Introduction In the background of our times, an old issue simmers. For more than a hundred years, there has been […]

 
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SPIOENKOP: CURTAIN-RAISER TO INDIRECT FIRE by Ken Gillings

Introduction The utilisation of artillery by the British and the Boers during the Battle of Spioenkop (23/24 January 1900) may […]

 
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KING DINGANE KASENZANGAKHONA’S KWADUKUZA: The recent discovery of the spiritual home of King Shaka kaSenzangakhona by Ken Gillings

King Shaka kaSenzangakhona was the illegitimate son of King Senzangakhona kaJama of the abakwaZulu. When Senzangakhona died in 1816, he […]

 
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Windows into History: ‘Blended’ photographs from the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal by Steve McCarthy

The wars in South Africa during the second half of the nineteenth century witnessed many aspects of the evolution of […]

 
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The Boer Hospital at Rietfontein 25 Ocotber 1899-28 Febraury 1900 by J Hawkesbury

Acknowledgements Having spent three years collecting accounts of soldiers and journalists who fought and reported on the battle of Rietfontein, […]

 
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Artillery in the Anglo Zulu War 1879 by D D Hall

INTRODUCTION Guns played an important part in the Zulu War, but, as in many colonial wars, their use was one-sided. […]

 
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Bicycles in the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902 by D R Maree

The first time that bicycles were used successfully in a military capacity was after the Spanish War of 1898 when […]

 
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John Chard Medal

Information from the SA Military History Society The John Chard Decoration and John Chard Medal Series was instituted by Queen […]

 
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