The First British Offensive

  • Leopold Scholtz

Abstract

For the time being, the failure of the Boers’ offensive did not signify that the strategic and operational initiative shifted to the British side. The burghers took up widespread defensive positions and left it to the British to decide on what basis the war would be conducted. In view of the fast growing British troop strength it is logical that these forces would breach the Boer lines sooner or later.

Keywords

Military Position Defend Poplar Lost Avenge 

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Notes

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    C.R. de Wet, De Strijd tusschen Boer en Brit [The Struggle between Boer and Briton], p. 29. Although this book was translated into English as The Three Years War (Reprinted by Galago, Alberton, 1986), the translation is not always accurate. The original source was, therefore, used for this work.Google Scholar
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