Anecdotes of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 Tales from 'The Last of the Gentlemen
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Anecdotes of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902
Tales from 'The Last of the Gentlemen's Wars'
6 x 9, 200 pages, approximately 200 b/w photos, illustrations, maps, 9781908916259, MSRP $29.95, paperback, Helion and Company
Wars always generate stories and everybody loves a story. Rob Milne has compiled this selection of Anglo-Boer War stories from all over South Africa and recounts them in a book that saddens, mystifies, but most of all entertains. There's the devotion of the English fiancée who for 60 years sent a sprig of heather to the Chrissiesmeer Post Office for her beloved's grave; the tale of the lone Boer sniper who held off the entire Guards Brigade for more than a day after the battle of Bergendal; the story of the soldier who, caught illegally bayoneting a sheep, looked severely at the prostrate beast and remarked, "That'll teach you to try and bite a British soldier!" Read about Sergeant Woodward's two graves in Heidelberg, and the ghosts of the British officers that still haunt the Elands river valley.