Boer Artillery in Action at Colenso

Boer Artillery in Action at Colenso, 15 December 1899. Source: Rompel’s Heroes of the Boer War, 122. “In this wide plain was fought the bloody battle which ended in one of the greatest defeats experienced by the English in the war. Through the plain winds the Tugela, to whose south bank the English brought their guns. Two batteries, however, advanced too quickly and too far. The Boers took advantage of this mistake to open fire from their trenches; and the men working the guns and their escort fell. Seven times the English made heroic efforts to save the guns; but the teams were shot down and the men trying to serve them were each time driven back with heavy loss. Eleven guns with all their ammunition fell into the hands of the Boers.”

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Rompel, Frederik. Heroes of the Boer War. London: “Review of Reviews” Office; The Hague and Pretoria: the “Nederland” Publishing Co., 1903. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of California Library. Web. 22 December 2014.

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