oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die daaglikse verpligtinge in die laer op kommando gedurende die Anglo-Boereoorlog, 1899-1902

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



It is clear that the burghers had many important and sometimes demanding tasks on commando. The preparation of food required special attention. Generally speaking, looking after the horses, standing guard and reconnoitring entailed burdensome, boring and sometimes dangerous work. Because of changed circumstances the later guerrilla phase in many respects made other demands than the initial conventional phase of the war with its set-piece battles. Each burgher in both the conventional and guerrilla phase knew what daily tasks he had te perform. Teamwork was important and enjoyed a high priority. And so each burgher became a cog-wheel in the machine which kept the commandos going under all circumstances.

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