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New Books

Book jacket - The Bushveldt Carbineers and the Pietersburg Light Horse
Slouch Hat Publications presents:
The Bushveldt Carbineers and the Pietersburg Light Horse.

This book on the Bushveldt Carbineers and the Pietersburg Light Horse (which the name of the unit was changed to after the scandals) is the most comprehensively researched study yet written on the BVC and the men who filled its ranks. The book contains much background information which makes it easier to understand the war, the unit, its area of operations and the active service of the men involved.

The Bushveldt Carbineers is written for military historians, genealogists and readers who appreciate stories of the Boer War. The author's presentation of the trial of Morant and Handcock and the subsequent controversy arising from their executions makes this book a compelling read.

Click here or on the book cover to order this book from Slouch Hat Publications.

Book jacket - The Australian Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Zulu and Boer Wars
Slouch Hat Publications presents: The Australian Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Zulu and Boer Wars.

This book commemorates the Centenary of the Second Anglo-Boer War and contains over 640 entries and is illustrated with many photos and maps. Most of the major political and military figures of the War are listed, together with a description of major battles and many minor actions.

Click here or on the book cover to order this book from Slouch Hat Publications.


Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps Historical Study and Re-enactment Group
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Welcome

This site began almost by accident in 1996 when I was first experimenting with HTML. As I was a student of the Anglo-Boer War, I was well aware of the (then) significant lack of Web-based resources on this period. Research for my dissertation and a fascination with this remarkable era combined and the South African War Virtual Library was born.

This site is not a celebration of war or of martial endeavour. War is a manifestation of much that is repulsive about our species. The experience of war, however, often highlights the extraordinary resilience, bravery and sacrifice of its participants, willing and compelled. This site, wherever possible, will attempt to lend itself to exploration of these aspects of the war.

I hope you enjoy the South African War Virtual Library.

Robert Wotton

Latest News/Updates

6th May 2002
New images have been added to the
Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps Historical Study and Re-enactment Group.
Click here to view this page

The figures for the "Landed areas of combatant nations" on the Statistics page have been converted from m2 to km2
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5th May 2002
A new page, Medals and Decorations of the Boer War, has been added.
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Please note that this page is not yet finished.

19th March 2002
A link to the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum has been added.

8th February 2002
Image of Boer War monument in Dublin added to the Monuments page.
Click here to go there.

5th February 2002
New link to a database of convicts to Australia has been added to the Genealogy Links pages.
Click here to view this database.

26th January 2002
New article on the Breaker Morant controversy from The Bulletin has been added with kind permission of the magazine.
Click here to read it.

14th January 2002
A biography of Walter D.M Bell (the famous hunter) has been added to the site.
Click here to view this biography.

11th November 2001
8 Victoria Cross recipients' full details, including age, date and explanations of their deeds have been added to the Victoria Crosses page.
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7th November 2001
Two new images added to the General C.R. De Wet page.
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28th October 2001
New Australian biography added to the British & Commonwealth Biographies (K-Z) page.
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24th October 2001
New page added: Letters of the Boer War.

Added: a biography of Colonel Charles Tremeer.
Click here to read it.
My thanks to Keith Edwards for the information.

21st October 2001
Added: The Boer War Experiences of L.J. Groenewald - The reminiscences of his Boer War experiences, written down in the late 1960s. An absolutely fascinating account of the day-to-day war.

17th October 2001
Added: a fascinating article on the sinking of HMS Sybille in 1901.
Click here to read it.

9th October 2001
Format of Monuments and Memorials page updated and many new monuments (with images) added.
Click here to go to this page.

5th October 2001
Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps Historical Study and Re-enactment Group
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22nd September 2001
New pages added: Postal History of Orange River Station
and

Flags and Coats-of-Arms of the War Era

 

 

 

 

 

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Era Diary

10th May 1900
Battle of Biggarsberg.
Battle of Zand River.

9th May 1872
Birthday of Danie Theron.
Click here to view his biography.

8th May 1901
Milner sails for leave in England.
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7th May 1859
Lt Gen. Sir William BABTIE VC born
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6th May 1902
Zulu attack on Holkrantz.

3rd May 1900
Roberts resumes march to Pretoria.

1st May 1859
Dr Leyds born.