The History of the Boer War Volume 1

The History of the Boer War Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... were placed in the rear of the column. It was falsely stated that when the right turning of the road was passed two troopers reported the mistake. General Gatacre had only the opinions of his guides to rely on. He trusted implicitly to them, and, knowing the danger of delay, pressed forward. More difficult is it to account for the extraordinary formation in which the infantry found themselves when the enemy opened fire. Evidently Gatacre did not think himself near the enemy's position, and intended to deploy when closer to the hill which Morgan had pointed out as his objective, and which just before dawn the General 1899. STORMBERG 275 estimated to be two miles away. "Dawn was just breaking, when the column was suddenly fired into." Other accounts say that it was then full daylight. In either case the two battalions were too late in getting into a formation adapted to the circumstances. The force was within two miles of the enemy, i.e., within shrapnel range, just before dawn. The ground in front was rugged and steep, and quite unknown. It would have been well to have halted the infantry and sent the mounted men on ahead. If this was considered likely to disconcert the plan of a surprise, the infantry should, according to the drill-book, have advanced in a threefold order, the attacking columns being preceded by "points" and advanced guards with an interval of one hundred to two hundred yards between each. If this was actually done, it would appear either that these covering parties imperfectly fulfilled their duty by reconnoitring only the lower ground in their immediate front, or that flankers to explore the fatal ridge were not sent out at all. Whatever the explanation, the cardinal fact remains that the infantry...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236785304
  • 9781236785305