Deneys Reitz, Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War (1929)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

This riveting account of the Boer War as experienced by a young Boer irregular balances out our through-English-eyes perception of this hard-fought, brutal conflict (which saw the first use of concentration camps, if not of the harshness later associated with the phenomenon). Reitz offers insight into how insurgents think and prioritize, and how what was essentially a militia inflicted defeat after humiliating defeat on the British Army and its auxiliaries before the full weight of the Empire was brought to bear. A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat war-story, it’s also an account of how “another” anti-British revolution ultimately failed.

 

 

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