oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - The Battle of Sandfontein : the role and legacy of Major-General Sir Henry Timson Lukin

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



Commemorative statues, plaques and monuments from decades past remain widespread across both the urban and rural South Africa landscape. Included amongst these is the stone likeness of General Tim Lukin in Cape Town: just one of such structures intended to encapsulate the emotions and memories of those who commissioned it. The South African involvement at Delville Wood ninety years ago would still resonate with some of the country's population; those who at some stage have delved into reading up on the history of our participation in the First World War. However mention of the Battle of Sandfontein during the Union invasion of German South West Africa in 1914 to the same reasonably historically literate grouping, would from the larger proportion of them, most probably elicit an admittance of ignorance. Only the well-read enthusiast of South African military history would be aware of Lukin's roles at both Delville Wood and Sandfontein, let alone how the latter engagement constituted one of the bleakest moments in the General?s career.

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