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Boer Guerrilla vs British Mounted Soldier

by Ian Knight

Part of the Combat Series

Boer Guerrilla vs British Mounted Soldier Synopsis

Waged across an inhospitable terrain which varied from open African savannah to broken mountain country and arid semi-desert, the Anglo-Boer wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902 pitted the British Army and its allies against the Boers' commandos. The nature of warfare across these campaigns was shaped by the realities of the terrain and by Boer fighting techniques. Independent and individualistic, the Boers were not professional soldiers but a civilian militia who were bound by the terms of the 'Commando system' to come together to protect their community against an outside threat. By contrast the British Army was a full-time professional body with an established military ethos, but its over-dependence on conventional infantry tactics led to a string of Boer victories. This fully illustrated study examines the evolving nature of Boer military techniques, and contrasts them with the British experience, charting the development of effective British mounted tactics from the first faltering steps of 1881 through to the final successes of 1902.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472818294
Publication date: 27th July 2017
Author: Ian Knight
Publisher: Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 80 pages
Categories: Boer Wars, Irregular or guerrilla forces & warfare, African history,

About Ian Knight

Ian Knight is a leading international expert on warfare in Southern Africa in the Victorian era. He has written, co-written or edited over 30 books, including several in the Osprey Men-at-Arms, Elite, Warrior and Campaign series. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani and Edouard Detaille.

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