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The Boer War: London to Ladysmith Via Pretoria and Ian Hamilton's March

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On October 11th, 1899 long-simmering tensions between Britain and the Boer Republics - the Orange Free State and the Transvaal Republic - finally erupted into the conflict that would become known as the Second Boer War. Two days after the first shots were fired, a young writer by the name of Winston Churchill set out for South Africa to cover the conflict for the Morning Post.

The Boer War brings together the two collections of despatches that Churchill published on the conflict. London to Ladysmith recounts the future Prime Minister's arrival in South Africa and his subsequent capture by and dramatic escape from the Boers, the adventure that first brought the name of Winston Churchill to public attention. Ian Hamilton's March collects Churchill's later despatches as he marched alongside a column of the main British army from Bloemfontein to Pretoria. Published together, these books are a vivid eye-witness account of a landmark period in British Imperial History and an insightful chronicle of a formative experience by Britain's greatest war-time leader.

Author: Churchill Winston
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9781472520821
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2013

London to Ladysmith

I. Steaming South
II.The State of the Game
III. Along the Southern Frontier
IV.In Nata
IV. A Cruise in the Armoured Train
VI. Distant Guns
VII. The Fate of the Armoured Train
VIII. Prisoners of War
IX. Through the Dutch Camps
X. In Afrikander Bonds
XI. I Escape from the Boers
XII. Back to the British Lines
XIII. Christmas and New Year
XIV. A Military Demonstration and Some Good News
XV. The Dash for Potgieter's Ferry
XVI. Trichardt's Drift and the Affair of Acton Homes
XVII. The Battle of Spion Kop
XVIII. Through the Five Days' Action
XIX. A Fresh Effort and an Army Chaplain
XX. The Combat of Vall Krantz
XXI. Hussar Hill
XXII. The Engagement of Monte Cristo
XXIII. The Passage of Tugela
XXIV. The Battle of Pieters: The Third Day
XXV. Upon Majuba Day
XXVI. The Relief of Ladysmith
XXVII. After the Siege
Ian Hamilton's March
I. A Roving Commission
II. Exit General Gatacre
III. At Half-Way House
IV. Two Days with Brabazon
V. Two Days with Brabazon - continued
VI. The Dewetsdorp Episode
VII. Ian Hamilton's March
VIII. Ian Hamilton
IX. The Action of Houtnek
X. The Army of the Right Flank
XI. Lindley
XII. Concerning a Boer Convoy
XIII. Action of Johannesburg
XIV. The Fall of Johannesburg
XV. The Capture of Pretoria
XVI. "Held by the Enemy"
XVII. Action of Diamond Hill
Appendix: Composition of Lieut.-General Ian Hamilton's Force


Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions, from 1940-1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Celebrated as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, he was also a gifted orator, statesman and historian. The author of more than 40 books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and in 1963 was made an honorary citizen of the United States.

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