“CAUGHT BETWEEN THE BOERS AND THE BRITISH” – NORTHERN NATAL AFRIKANERS AND THE BOER OCCUPATION OF KLIP RIVER COUNTY (OCTOBER 1899-JUNE 1900)

  • Johan Wassermann
  • Fransjohan Pretorius

Abstract

On 11 October 1899, when the ultimatum issued to Britain had expired, theBoer force consisting of roughly 11 400 burghers from the South African Republic(hereafter ZAR), commanded by Generals Erasmus, Kock and Meyer and 6 000burghers from the Orange Free State (hereafter OFS), under Chief CommandantPrinsloo and Commandant De Villiers, invaded Natal and specifically Klip RiverCounty. The Republican objective seems to have been to defeat the force under Major-General William Penn-Symons at Dundee and to proceed to Ladysmith in order tocapture the town, which was located at the important railway junction between theRepublics and the Colony of Natal. Once this was achieved, the goal was to bedefensive and to halt the advance of British reinforcements.
Published
2011-08-03
How to Cite
Wassermann, J., & Pretorius, F. (2011). “CAUGHT BETWEEN THE BOERS AND THE BRITISH” – NORTHERN NATAL AFRIKANERS AND THE BOER OCCUPATION OF KLIP RIVER COUNTY (OCTOBER 1899-JUNE 1900). Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 34(1). https://doi.org/10.5787/34-1-17
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