n Historia - The learning curve in the South African war : soldiers' perspectives

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Edward M. Spiers
  • Source : Historia, Volume 55, Issue 1, May 2010, p. 1 - 17
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



If the South African War (1899-1902) proved the supreme test for the late Victorian army, many writers taking their cue from the "lucidity and brilliance" of Leo Amery's writings in The Times History accepted that the army, particularly in the Natal campaign, failed to measure up. The generalship of Sir Redvers Buller, VC, his staff, and the regimental officers and other ranks, all incurred withering criticism.

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