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    DescriptionWars always generate stories and everybody loves a story. Rob Milne has compiled this selection of Anglo-Boer War stories from all over South Africa and recounts them in a book that saddens, mystifies, but most of all entertains. There's the devotion of the English fiancee who for 60 years sent a sprig of heather to the Chrissiesmeer Post Office for her beloved's grave; the tale of the lone Boer sniper who held off the entire Guards Brigade for more than a day after the battle of Bergendal; the story of the soldier who, caught illegally bayoneting a sheep, looked severely at the prostrate beast and remarked, `That'll teach you to try and bite a British soldier!` Read about Sergeant Woodward's two graves in Heidelberg, and the ghosts of the British officers that still haunt the Elands river valley. During the past 12 years since the publication of the first edition of this book, Milne has relentlessly followed up on his stories and sometimes the stories have followed him ...with unexpected results! There's a photo of the ghosts of the Bergendal farm girl and her British soldier lover who appeared in broad daylight on the battlefield while Milne was investigating the story in 2011. There's the unnamed Welshman who found the long-lost British paymaster's gold 60 years after the military train was ambushed and looted near Greylingstad. Learn the truth of how Churchill and his fellow officers received the daily war news in Morse code while they were prisoners of war in the State Model School in Pretoria; why Prime Minister Botha was sued after the war for stealing the 'Kruger Millions' when entrusted to his care as Commandant-General during the retreat to the Mozambican border. And there's the love story, 'The Legend of the Flowers', about Martha, a Boer girl, and a British soldier, George, which unfolded in Ventersdorp and how Martha involved the author in her story from beyond the grave. A unique and delightfully refreshing read.


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    Title
    Anecdotes of the Anglo-Boer War
    Subtitle
    Tales from 'the Last of the Gentlemen's Wars'
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rob Milne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781908916259
    ISBN 10: 1908916257
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY, CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: JWL
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJC
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SAFRIC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037060
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130, HIS047000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJC, 1HFM
    DC22: 968.2048
    BIC subject category V2: HBWM
    DC23: 968.048
    Illustrations note
    c 200 b/w photos, illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Helion & Company
    Imprint name
    Helion & Company
    Publication date
    15 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Solihull