n Journal for Contemporary History - The British Army in 1899 : problems that hampered preparations for war in South Africa

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



In a previous article the British view of a war in South Africa was discussed, including the way in which problems with regard to military intelligence affected this view and hampered preparations with regard to the coming war. In this article three other aspects typical of the British Army in 1899 will be analyzed, namely the conflict between the military and political leaders, financial problems, and the problem of reinforcements, i.e. manpower shortages.

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