With Roberts to the Transvaal Being the Second Part of a Pictorial History of South Africa and the Transvaal

With Roberts to the Transvaal Being the Second Part of a Pictorial History of South Africa and the Transvaal

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...and a composite regiment. There were also five fuld batteries and a naval battery consisting of two 4.7-ie.c'.i guns firing lyddite and fourteen longrange 12-pounders, drawn by oxen, the two big guns requiring twenty-eight animals each. The first movement was made on December 12, when General Barton with naval guns occupied a position about three miles from Colenso. The bridge at that place is dominated by a semicircle of hills, and the whole position was most difficult to attack, because the Boers were very strongly posted at Fort Wylie just beyond the river, and on Hlangwane Hill, which faces it on the other side. The whole of the kopjes on the further bank were covered with entrenchments and thoroughly prepared for defence, and commanded the plain which slopes gradu ally towards the river oi the southern side, and is entirely devoid of cover. On the 13th and 14th all the visible defences of the Boers were heavily shelled by the naval guns, but the lioers made no reply, and it appears to have been generally supposed either that they did not intend to hold the position, or had withdrawn their big guns. On the 14th the rest of the troops marched out from Frere to Chieveley, and the attack began at dawn the next morning. The Irish Brigade under General Hart, was to cross the river at the bridle drift three miles above Colenso, supported by three batterie--, General Hildyard was to advance with the 14th and 65th Batteries and six naval 12-pounders--the whole of these guns being under command of Colonel Long while General Barton co-operated, and General Lyttelton was to act in support oi the two attacking brigades. At the same time Lord Dundonald was to operate against Hlangwane on the right, which proved in the end to be the real key to the...show more

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