The Second British Offensive

  • Leopold Scholtz


As stated before, the original British war plan entailed the invasion of the Free State from the south and then to advance along the railway line to Bloemfontein and Pretoria. Despite the initial successes by the Boers, Buller initially intended not to deviate from this plan, but in order to relieve Ladysmith he decided to postpone it.1


Railway Line Supply Line Defensive Position Guerrilla Warfare Campaign Plan 
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    Unless stated otherwise, all the information in this section is derived from the following sources: Breytenbach, Geskiedenis van die Tweede Vryheidsoorlog [History of the Second War of Freedom], IV, Chapters IX—XVII; Scholtz, Generaal Christiaan de Wet as Veldheer [General Christiaan de Wet as Military Commander], Chapter 2; and J.L. Basson, ‘Die Slag van Paardeberg’ [The Battle of Paardeberg], unpublished MA thesis, University of Pretoria, 1971.Google Scholar
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    Field Marshal Count Alfred von Schlieffen, Cannae (Berlin, 1936).Google Scholar

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