oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Norwegian prisoners in the second Anglo-boer war

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



Historians have long recognised that volunteers from various countries, many of whom were immigrants in the South African Republic, fought as allies of the Boers during the Second Anglo-Boer War. Relatively little, however, has been published about the lives of those who were unfortunate enough to become prisoners of war. Norwegians and other Scandinavians were among them, and many of these immigrants spent months or years in captivity on St Helena, in Portugal or elsewhere. Their accounts of their experiences as prisoners of war shed light on living conditions in such camps and on the Boers themselves from the perspective of supporters whose sympathy for the republican cause wore thin as their periods of captivity continued.

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