I really enjoyed this first hand account of the Second Boer War unusually written from the Boer Karneval, Vol. 4 perspective Deneys Reitz was 17 at the outbreak of hostilities in 1899 and fought through the entire war before going into exile in Madagascar in 1902 rather than sign the declaration of surrender where he wrote this account of the war He writes with an immediacy and raciness that makes his book feel like a series of journalistic dispatches In his teens and early twenties during the events he recounts and when he wrote about them his youthful enthusiasm for adventure and danger come through Paradoxically the other uality that he clearly demonstrates is typical Boer stoicism in the face of adversity and hardshipThe main events of the war are recounted from a first handoint of view as the Boers initially engage in conventional warfare and suffer a number of defeats before switching to conducting of a guerrilla style insurgency Reitz writes with a fairly light tone and most of the horrors of the war in South Africa are kept in the background One exception is his account of the trial and execution of a spy during his time with Jan Smuts in Cape Colony towards the end of the warThis is as fresh and vivid as when it was written and distinctively captures
combination of carefree and tough stoicism that I suspect are common to soldiers in all wars One day when I became an authority on the Boer War Enough to The Hiding Place persuade teenagers at least This book will be the thing to thank War is a zero sum game especially when it isart of a colonialist scheme I cringed at the names mentioned in this book Smuts Botha so reminiscent of SA s recent horrific ast somehow I could not get myself to go beyond their recent connotations Still one of my ancestors is mentioned here in the battefield so vicariously I m art of this madness I found this book certainly interesting historically the dynamics of the Anglo Boer war explained in detail from a articipant observer The realisation that Boers could only hope to win some victories against the British via using guerilla tactics really changed the course of this conflict and gave the Boers at times the upper hand despite their markedly inferior numbers and euipment thanks to their knowledge of terrain Reitz had guts is all I can "say his youth smartness and determination often saving the day The Boers in "his youth smartness and determination often saving the day The Boers in come out here as tough resilient hard and certainly key in shaping this wonderful nation called South Africa I couldnt help but think that so many of the descendants of these men Coetzee and Malan to name but two helped shape the literature of this nation I enjoyed the latter art of the book maybe because there was of a clear goal reaching the sea and gathering back forces As a historic document I cannot deny it is superb This is first hand account of the 2nd Boer War from the The Elephants Journey perspective a young Boer soldier The book is well written and the account shows the hardships of both conventional war and the guerrilla war that was fought thereafterConsidering that this book was never written in the authors first language it was a huge achievementThis is a great read if you are into historical accounts from a first handerspective The Boer War of 1899 is Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' perhaps a textbook example of dualities in war and Deneys Reitz s brilliantly vivid account Commando A Boer Journal of the Boer War embraces and examines these inherentolarities Despite being ublished in 1929 it still reads as fresh as if it were ublished today working both on the level of a Changing Face of the Hero primary account of the Boer War and as a subtle reflection on the nature of the war and its strange dichotomies Reitz manages to accomplish this de. Deneys Reitz was 17 when the Anglo Boer War broke out in 1899 Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the Britisheople but as a South African one had to fight for one's country Reitz had learned to ride shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk and the skills and endurance he had acuired during those years. ,The Combination Of Carefree
Ftly with an engaging style that is a great leasure to readTactics used by either side of the Boer war reveal an obvious olarity Each side of the conflict fought in a completely different style British forces generally used the columnar infantry tactics the standard formation of nineteenth century militaries The Boers on the other hand lacked such rigid military training and discipline As an incredibly mobile force of mounted infantry their tactics relied on their intimate knowledge of the terrain exploiting natural cover and elevation differences to wreak havoc on approaching British columns The Boers lack of formal discipline went even further in the fact that their commanders were often elected and Boer soldiers came and went from the front lines according to their own "PERSONAL DESIRES AND WHIMS LEADERSHIP WAS "desires and whims Leadership was determined by rank but by charisma Another form of duality was the two very distinct hases of the war The start of the war consisted of large conflicts involving large groups Often Boers would entrench in strategic locations to exploit their marksmanship or they attempted to siege specific cities Reitz Lignin Biodegradation presents these conflicts through the eyes of the Boers who had no idea the level of catastrophe they caused the British From Reitz serspective these battles were tough and the Boers seemed convinced that all was lost However unknown to them the British suffered harsh ignoble defeats Perhaps because of this lack of knowledge Reitz expresses dissatisfaction with this stage of the war convinced the Boer strategy was ineffective and not true to their identity During this stage Reitz not only uestioned the Boers tactics but also resented his commanders a surprising sentiment considering the customary Boer solidarityThe transition to the second stage of the conflict was not obvious to everyone at the time The Boer commander Christiaan De Wet noted that he did not see a clear distinction between the two Pure Chance phases Reitz at least seems aware of this shift deftlyointing it out although whether he comments on it only through the lens of hindsight is speculation In any case the second stage of the war saw the Boers transition to guerrilla warfare Operating in small barely organized groups they harassed the British forces through a series of night attacks raids and small scale battles When battles became ressing Boer forces would immediately retreat and regroup after each encounter to continue the unrelenting badgering Reitz approved of this type of conflict
Praising His Leaders Instead Of Deriding Themhis leaders instead of deriding them also oints out the incredible role of chance in a conflict of this nature The smallest of events can have rofound implications the seemingly innocuous accidents such as returning for misplaced belongings or unforeseen occurrences such as a orcupine spooking the horses can have disastrous effects on a small scale war of this natureThe duality of the Boer war is not limited to its hysical and tactical elements but also the sychological Reitz reveals a surprising ambivalence about the conflict War memoirs are often replete with shock and dismay at the horrors of war and this book is no exception Reitz does not shield the reader from the gore and violence that marked this conflict nor does he spare the reader from the emotional turmoil of ending another man s existence At the sight of the soldiers he has killed Reitz expresses a trauma that breaks through his characteristic Boer stoicism However Reitz goes out of his way to demonstrate the excitement and thrill that war brings out in him and occasionally the Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church pride of successfully killing the enemy in battle The close juxtaposition of thesearadoxical attitudes enhance th. Were to be made full use of during the war He fought with different Boer Commandos where each Commando consisted mainly of farmers on horseback using their own horses and guns Commando describes the tumult through the eyes of a warrior in the saddle Reitz was fortunate to be resent at nearly every one of the major.