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25,864.  They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest

Unconfined – just as found:

His landmark is a kopje-crest

That breaks the veldt around;

And foreign constellations west

Each night above his mound.  (War & South Africa & Empire UK)  Thomas Hardy, Drummer Hodge

 

 

26,064.  The Boar War was a wake-up call to British commanders.  (War & South Africa & Empire UK)  Professor Saul David, Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at War III: Raising Arms, BBC 2012

 

 

89,084.  Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear.  Let him not love the earth too deeply.  Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire.  Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley.  For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.  (South Africa & Fear & Cry)  Alan Paton, ‘Cry, the Beloved Country’

 

 

31,781.  The Boar War had proved that there was a dedicated minority of Irish committed to break the link with Empire.  (Ireland & South Africa & Empire UK)  The Story of Ireland: The Age of Union 4/5

 

 

88,963.  The Gatling’s jammed and the Colonel dead

And the regiment blind with dust and smoke;

The river of death has brimmed his banks,

And England’s far, and Honour a name;

But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks:

‘Play up!  play up!  and play the game!’  (South Africa & War & Play & Game & Empire UK)  Henry Newbolt, Vitai Lampada   

 

 

88,964.  Out of that bungled, unwise war

An alp of unforgiveness grew.  William Plomer, The Boer War 1960

 

 

31,214.  The Wild West was tame compared to Kimberley.  Here there was a bar for every sixteen men.  And shootings were an everyday occurrence.  But Rhodes thrived as a diamond digger.  (England & Great Britain & Empire & Africa & South Africa & Diamonds)  Empires: Queen Victoria’s Empire IV: The Scramble for Africa

   

31,215.  Rhodes:  ‘Does this House think that it is right that men in a state of pure barbarism should have the vote?  Treat the natives as a subject people.  Be the lords over them.  The native is to be treated as a child and denied the franchise.’  (England & Great Britain & Empire & Africa & Racism & South Africa)  ibid.

 

31,216.  Gold was discovered in the Transvaal.  (England & Great Britain & Empire & Gold & South Africa & Africa)  ibid.

 

 

62,598.  On 22nd January 1879 this was the site of one of the most humiliating defeats ever suffered by the British army.  In just 3 hours over 1,200 British troops armed with state-of-the-art weapons were annihilated by an African army equipped only with spears, shields, and a collection of old muskets.  (Africa & South Africa)  Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Lost Kingdoms of Africa II: The Zulu Kingdom

 

62,599.  They settled in a region that would eventually become known as KwaZulu-Natal.  (Africa & South Africa)  ibid.

 

62,600.  Around the Zulu nation Southern Africa was changing.  (Africa & South Africa)  ibid.

 

62,601.  King Shaka: Britain traded with the Zulu.  (Africa & South Africa)  ibid.

 

62,602.  The defeat at Blood River split the Zulu kingdom in two.  (Africa & South Africa)  ibid.  

 

62,603.  The invasion force consisted of around 12,000 man made up of British soldiers and African support troops.  (Africa & South Africa)  ibid.

 

62,604.  The kingdom was plunged into a bitter civil war ... The glorious kingdom that Shaka had built had been systematically destroyed.  (Africa & South Africa)  ibid.

 

 

88,965.  In 1901 British troops were fighting a brutal war over the gold-rich territories of South Africa.  The Boar War was fought between the largest empire in the history of the world, and a small force of untrained Dutch farmers - the Boars ... Nineteenth century cavalry warfare was about to meet twentieth-century guerrilla fighting.  (South Africa & Empire UK)  Andrew Marrs Making of Modern Britain

 

88,966.  The Boar War was known as Joe’s war.  Chamberlain was confident of victory.  But the Boars were out-maneuvering the British, ambushing the army and then disappearing into the hills.  The conflict was turning into Imperial Britain’s own Vietnam.  (South Africa & Empire UK)  ibid.

 

68,060.  There were 30,000 undefended Boar farm houses.  Every single one of them was burnt to the ground.  This destruction left thousands of Boar civilians, mostly women and children, homeless.  But Lord Kitchener had a plan for them as well.  The British army rounded up around 160,000 women and children, crammed them into wagons or railway trucks and transported them to hastily improvised refugee camps, which, guarded by the army, quickly became outdoor prisons ... They became places of horror.  Kitchener’s policy gave the world a new phrase – concentration camps.  (Concentration Camp & South Africa & Empire UK)  ibid.

 

68,061.  Emily Hobhouse decided it was her duty to tell the people of Britain exactly what was being done out here in their name.  And she spoke plainly.  She talked of wholesale cruelty, murder to the children, and a war of extermination.  And Emily Hobhouse was proved horribly right.  26,000 Boar women and children died in British concentration camps.  80% of them under the age of sixteen.  (Concentration Camp & South Africa & Empire UK)  ibid.

 

88,967.  The Boars finally surrendered in May 1902.  It had taken two and a half years, the equivalent of £20,000,000,000 and an army of 250,000 soldiers to defeat 60,000 Boar soldiers.  (South Africa & Empire UK)  ibid.

 

 

39,162.  In South Africa opposition to race-mixing grew in intensity throughout the twentieth century.  (Racism & South Africa)  Mixed Race Britain: How the World Got Mixed Up

 

39,163.  The Black Peril – a paranoid fantasy based on long-standing myths regarding black male sexuality.  (Racism & South Africa)  ibid.

 

39,164.  Of all the laws introduced in the Apartheid era it was the Group Areas Act that had the deepest impact on the day to day lives of South Africans.  (Racism & South Africa)  ibid.

 

39,165.  Decades after the bulldozers left, District 6 remains a wasteland.  The apartheid regime’s attempt to segregate the country was just one of the persecutions faced by millions of South Africans.  (Racism & South Africa)  ibid.

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