My Reminiscences of the Anglo Boer War - Gen Ben Viljoen

R 90

Product Code: 978-1-920429-01-0

In this book General Ben Viljoen recounts his experiences during the Anglo-Boer War.  Written with candour and impartiality, the book reviews the wartime episodes "with an honesty, an intelligence, and a humour which many previous publications have lacked" (Col T Brinckman).  The author's introduction can be downloaded here.


In addition to the Preface and author's introduction, the 212 page book (in English) comprises of the following  52 chapters.


Chapter i: The war clouds gather.
Chapter ii: And the war storm breaks.
Chapter iii: The invasion of Natal.
Chapter iv: Defeated at Elandslaagte.
Chapter v: Pursued by the lancers.
Chapter vi: Risking Joubert's anger.
Chapter vii: The Boer general's superstitions.
Chapter viii: The "great powers" to intervene.
Chapter ix: Colenso and Spion Kop fights.
Chapter x: The battle of Vaalkrantz.
Chapter xi: The turn of the tide.
Chapter xii: The great Boer retreat.
Chapter xiii: Driven from the Biggarsbergen.
Chapter xiv: Dispirited and demoralised.
Chapter xv: Occupation of Pretoria.
Chapter xvi: Battle of Donkerhoek ("Diamond Hill").
Chapter xvii: I become a general.
Chapter xviii: Our camp burned out.
Chapter xix: Battle of Bergendal (Machadodorp).
Chapter xx: Two thousand British prisoners released.
Chapter xxi: A government in flight.
Chapter xxii: An ignominious dispersal.
Chapter xxiii: A dreary trek through feverland.
Chapter xxiv: Pains and pleasures of commandeering.
Chapter xxv: Punishing the pro-British.
Chapter xxvi: Battle of Rhenosterkop.
Chapter xxvii: The second Christmas at war.
Chapter xxviii: Capture of "Lady Roberts."
Chapter xxix: A dismal "Happy New Year”.
Chapter xxx: General attack on British forts.
Chapter xxxi: A "bluff" and a battle.
Chapter xxxii: Execution of a traitor.
Chapter xxxiii: In a tight corner.
Chapter xxxiv: Eluding the British cordon.
Chapter xxxv: Boer government's narrow escape.
Chapter xxxvi: A government on horseback.
Chapter xxxvii: Blowing up an armoured train.
Chapter xxxviii: Trapping pro-British Boers.
Chapter xxxix: Brutal kaffirs' murder trail.
Chapter xl: Capturing a freebooter's lair.
Chapter xli: Ambushing the Hussars.
Chapter xlii: I talk with general Blood.
Chapter xliii: Mrs. Botha's baby and the "Tommy."
Chapter xliv: The last Christmas of the war.
Chapter xlv: My last days on the veldt.
Chapter xlvi: I am ambushed and captured.
Chapter xlvii: Shipped to st. Helena.
Chapter xlviii: Life in Bonaparte's prison.
Chapter xlix: How we blew up and captured trains.
Chapter l: How we fed and clothed commandos.
Chapter li: Our friend the enemy.
Chapter lii: The fighting Boer and his officer.

A number of photos as well as detailed maps of some of the battles  are also included.


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Generaal Ben Viljoen beskryf in hierdie boek sy herinneringe van die Anglo-Boere oorlog. In teenstelling met baie van die ander boeke oor die oorlog, vertoon hierdie boek 'n openhartigheid, onpartydigheid en selfs ook humor (soos aangetoon deur die kolonel wat in beheer was van die Broadbottom kamp waar genl. Viljoen aangehou is,  Kol T Brinckman). Die outeur se inleiding kan hier afgelaai word.

 

Die boek (212 bladsye, in Engels) bestaan uit 'n voorwoord, inleiding en 52 hoofstukke:


Chapter i: The war clouds gather.
Chapter ii: And the war storm breaks.
Chapter iii: The invasion of Natal.
Chapter iv: Defeated at Elandslaagte.
Chapter v: Pursued by the lancers.
Chapter vi: Risking Joubert's anger.
Chapter vii: The Boer general's superstitions.
Chapter viii: The "great powers" to intervene.
Chapter ix: Colenso and Spion Kop fights.
Chapter x: The battle of Vaalkrantz.
Chapter xi: The turn of the tide.
Chapter xii: The great Boer retreat.
Chapter xiii: Driven from the Biggarsbergen.
Chapter xiv: Dispirited and demoralised.
Chapter xv: Occupation of Pretoria.
Chapter xvi: Battle of Donkerhoek ("Diamond Hill").
Chapter xvii: I become a general.
Chapter xviii: Our camp burned out.
Chapter xix: Battle of Bergendal (Machadodorp).
Chapter xx: Two thousand British prisoners released.
Chapter xxi: A government in flight.
Chapter xxii: An ignominious dispersal.
Chapter xxiii: A dreary trek through feverland.
Chapter xxiv: Pains and pleasures of commandeering.
Chapter xxv: Punishing the pro-British.
Chapter xxvi: Battle of Rhenosterkop.
Chapter xxvii: The second Christmas at war.
Chapter xxviii: Capture of "Lady Roberts."
Chapter xxix: A dismal "Happy New Year”.
Chapter xxx: General attack on British forts.
Chapter xxxi: A "bluff" and a battle.
Chapter xxxii: Execution of a traitor.
Chapter xxxiii: In a tight corner.
Chapter xxxiv: Eluding the British cordon.
Chapter xxxv: Boer government's narrow escape.
Chapter xxxvi: A government on horseback.
Chapter xxxvii: Blowing up an armoured train.
Chapter xxxviii: Trapping pro-British Boers.
Chapter xxxix: Brutal kaffirs' murder trail.
Chapter xl: Capturing a freebooter's lair.
Chapter xli: Ambushing the Hussars.
Chapter xlii: I talk with general Blood.
Chapter xliii: Mrs. Botha's baby and the "Tommy."
Chapter xliv: The last Christmas of the war.
Chapter xlv: My last days on the veldt.
Chapter xlvi: I am ambushed and captured.
Chapter xlvii: Shipped to st. Helena.
Chapter xlviii: Life in Bonaparte's prison.
Chapter xlix: How we blew up and captured trains.
Chapter l: How we fed and clothed commandos.
Chapter li: Our friend the enemy.
Chapter lii: The fighting Boer and his officer.

'n Aantal fotos sowel as gedetaileerde kaarte van 'n aantal gevegsterreine word ook ingesluit.


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