oa Historia - Die voorsiening van lewensmiddele aan die Boerekommando's in die Anglo-Boereoorlog, 1899-1902

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The provision of foodstuffs to the Boer commandos during the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. This article investigates how the Boer commandos in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 obtained their food. During the conventional trench warfare phase this task was performed by government. commissariats that had been established before the war. From the outset, however, commandos on all fronts experienced shortages due to factors such as maladministration, favouritism, the lack of proper transport and an unequal distribution of supplies. In the guerrilla phase the commissariats were attached to the roaming commandos until government sources were depleted. Thereafter the commandos were forced to become self-sufficient, managing with whatever they could find in the area. The British scorched earth policy had destroyed a great deal of the available food, and as a result, serious concern was expressed at the Vereeniging peace talks on the situation in eleven districts of the ZAR and the district of Heilbron in the North-eastern Free State where conditions were particularly bad. This was one of the factors which moved the Boer delegates at Vereeniging to accept the British peace proposals on 31 May 1902.

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