Book Review: A Tourist Guide to the Anglo Boer War
Written by Leon Engelbrecht, Thursday, 03 September 2009
A Tourist Guide to the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902, is an excellent layman’s guide to the bitter conflict between Boer and Brit just over a century ago cross the interior of what is now
In his (unmarked) introduction Westby-Nunn writes that the guide was compiled with visitors and tourists in mind. "It is not a comprehensive treatise on the war but, rather, an anecdotal compilation of key sites and aspects of the war – one which does assume an initial interest in the story of the war on the part of the reader.
Intended largely for the self-drive visitor or tourist, the guide highlights sites and areas of interest throughout
Most people expected the war to be short and cheap. It was neither. It cost the British 22,000 lives, a great deal of pride and much treasure. The Boers were no more fortunate. Over 6,000 fell in battle, 20,000 non-combatants died in concentration camps, thousands of farms and flocks were destroyed and the country lay to waste. "It was a war of miscalculation," Schalk Burger, the Boer politician said. But perhaps most unfortunate were the Africans.
The book`s early pages include a useful list of dates and events covering all three fronts, the western (covering operations at
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A Tourist Guide to the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902
Compiled by Tony Westby-Nunn
Westby-Nunn Publishers cc, Simon`s Town, 2000
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