Brothers in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War

Brothers in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War

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By (author) Chris Schoeman

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  • Publisher: Zebra Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cape Town
  • ISBN 10: 1770223401
  • ISBN 13: 9781770223400
  • Illustrations note: 16 pages of photos
  • Sales rank: 1,239,954

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More than a hundred years later, there is still a great interest in Anglo-Boer War literature. It is an event that has captured the imagination of readers more than most other events in South African history have. The book is by far the most comprehensive account of the Hollander volunteers participation in the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa. At the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1899, a large number of Hollanders and Dutch expatriates joined the Boers, their reasons ranging from loyalty to their common ancestry to strong anti-British sentiments and a search for adventure. Brothers in Arms documents the trials and tribulations of these volunteers most of them unaccustomed to the harsh landscape and climate of South Africa. Quotations and personal anecdotes from their diaries and memoirs vividly bring to life their hardships on commando, the thunder and chaos of battle, and the trauma of comrades falling around them. Some of the prominent figures in the book are Cornelius van Gogh, brother of the painter Vincent van Gogh; the Dutch artist Frans Oerder, who became the Transvaal s first official war artist; Jochem van Bruggen, four-times winner of the coveted Hertzog Prize for Afrikaans literature; and Rev. Herman van Broekhuizen, who played rugby for South Africa in 1896 and later served as South African ambassador in The Hague. Based on numerous personal diaries and personal memoirs written by the Hollanders, Brothers in Arms covers the full spectrum of the Hollanders roles as soldiers at the various battle fronts, ambulance personnel and military attaches, and their life in prisoner-of-war camps overseas.REVIEWS South African historian and journalist Schoeman describes how volunteers from the Netherlands and from Dutch communities in other countries, aided the Boersoriginally Dutch colonists of South Africain their 1999-1902 second attempt to escape British colonial rule. Among his topics are the Hollander Corps, the Natal campaign, with Smuts in the Cape Colony, experiencing battle and death, and prisoner sof war. Reference and Research Book News, 2012/08"

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Chris Schoeman was born in Somerset East and has master's degrees in history from the University of Port Elizabeth and Colorado State University. He has worked as a historian and journalist, and has authored and co-authored several books. These include District Six: The Spirit of Kanala, as well as the autobiographies of Springbok legends Danie Gerber, Frik du Preez and Os du Randt. His recent books include Slow Death: Memoirs of a Cricket Umpire (with Rudi Koertzen), Boots & brannewyn (with Frik du Preez), The Number 10s: South Africa's Finest Flyhalves, 1891-2010 and Boer Boy: Memoirs of an Anglo-Boer War Youth.