Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1902
The first shots of the war were fired at the Battle of Talana, commemorated as Talana Day throughout the British Empire until 1950. The war captured world headlines – Ladysmith was besieged for 118 days, the Boers confounded Britain’s conventional military strategy by opting for guerrilla tactics.
Names such as Winston Churchill, Redvers Buller, Lord Kitchener, Baden-Powell, Mohandas Gandhi, Louis Botha and Jan Smuts are part of the rich tapestry of the war, which also records the triumphs and tragedies of famous engagements including Spioenkop, the Armoured Train Incident, Colenso, Elandslaagte and the Sieges of Kimberley and Ladysmith.
Anglo-Zulu War 1879
The colonists in Natal perceived the growing strength of the Zulu nation as a threat and issued an ultimatum. When the demands were not met, British troops invaded Zululand. At the battle of Isandlwana the part of the 4700 strong invading force was routed by Zulu impis.
Later on the same day, a Zulu force attacked the small mission at Rorke’s Drift, where the tiny garrison repelled 4000 Zulu warriors, for which 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded, the highest ever for a single action. During the war of 1879, the last hopes of the Napoleonic dynasty died when the young Prince Louis Napoleon, an observer with the British forces, was killed.
Eastern Cape Frontier Wars
During the 1800s the British settlers, Irish Immigrants and European explorers left their shores to begin a new life in the Southern-most region of the African continent - home of the spiritual San people and the mighty AmaXhosa tribes. What awaited them in this land of wide horizons eclipsed their wildest imaginings.
Join us and experience a rare and unique insight into their lives and the profound influence on the region's proud history and its far reaching consequences for the future of South Africa.
This is a story that must be told of frontier wars, pioneering spirits and heroic people bound together by indomitable grit and determination
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