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Doing Canada Proud. The Second Boer War and the Battle of by Bernd Horn

By Bernd Horn

The tale of a little-known Canadian victory within the moment Boer conflict.

In the autumn of 1899, Britain entered the second one Anglo-Boer struggle in South Africa convinced that its military may make brief paintings of a suite of armed farmers. despite the fact that, preliminary confrontations fast replaced attitudes. Following a sequence of humiliating defeats, Britain fast sought extra troops. Canada replied the decision, and its first contingent consisted of the second (Special provider) Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).

scuffling with their first conflict at Paardeburg float from February 18 to 27, 1900, The RCR did Canada proud, serving with contrast and demonstrating persistence and tenacity that rivalled the well-known British regulars. This victory got here at a value, even though. The RCR suffered 39 killed and 123 wounded, yet its accomplishments have been striking. Canadians introduced the 1st significant British triumph, which turned the turning element of the clash. The victory additionally awakened...

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LAC, PA-181416. CHAPTER 3 Death on the Veldt The march of The RCR, which now numbered 31 officers and 865 other ranks, commenced on February 13, 1900. The first three days were difficult. Although they only marched an average of 19 kilometres a day, the hot climate, difficult terrain, and extra fatigue duties they had to perform each day, such as assisting heavy naval guns cross rivers, took its toll. Adding to the misery was the Boer capture of a convoy of 200 British supply wagons on the morning of February 15.

INTRODUCTION The bullets zinged past Jeff Fuller, forcing him to push his body closer to the hard-packed dirt. Some of the bullets zipped by his head, while others chewed up the dirt beside him or ate away at the small termite mound he was hiding behind. As he tried to make himself small and insignificant, on what now seemed to be a very open and exposed South African veldt, Fuller actually tried to will himself deeper into the ground. He attempted to mould his body to every dent, depression, and crack.

Note how the soldiers were packed into open rail cars. LAC, PA-181416. CHAPTER 3 Death on the Veldt The march of The RCR, which now numbered 31 officers and 865 other ranks, commenced on February 13, 1900. The first three days were difficult. Although they only marched an average of 19 kilometres a day, the hot climate, difficult terrain, and extra fatigue duties they had to perform each day, such as assisting heavy naval guns cross rivers, took its toll. Adding to the misery was the Boer capture of a convoy of 200 British supply wagons on the morning of February 15.

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