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Tango0130 Aug 2019 3:35 p.m. PST

"The British soldier that went off to war with the Boer Republics in southern Africa thought himself part of the greatest army in the world. Well most soldiers probably think that, and while such arrogance may be unpleasant at best, in the face of a resourceful and intelligent enemy such as the Boers it could be fatal; in the early months of the Second Boer War (1899-1902), it was. The British soldier was as always professional and stubborn, but would many times find himself in very difficult positions created largely by the complacency of his officers and commanders, and the many defeats he suffered, particularly during ‘Black Week' in 1899, would shock the nation back home. Over time the British learned to respect the abilities of the ‘Dutch farmers', and to adapt their tactics accordingly, and one major aspect of this was to engage the enemy in open order rather than in closed ranks as had worked well in the past against less effective opponents…"


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