COOPERATION AND CONFLICT – THE BRITISH ARMY, THE NATAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PROSECUTION OF NATAL REBELS DURING THE ANGLO-BOER WAR

  • Johan Wassermann

Abstract

The Natal Afrikaner rebels hardly feature in the historiography of the Anglo-BoerWar of 1899–1902. The Times History of the War in South Africa dismisses theirrebellion in one sentence, while the Natal Mercury of 25 April 1900 correctly pointsout that the number of rebels and the scale of the rebellion are rather insignificant whencompared with that of the Cape Colony. In the latter, where in contrast to Natal,Afrikaners formed the bulk of the white population, the dynamics of the rebellion wasvery different. The large number of Afrikaners resident in the Cape Colony acted as amagnet for the Republican forces and as a result, large numbers of Afrikaners took uparms against Britain. From their side, the British authorities acted with a vengeancetowards the Cape rebels, executing and imprisoning large numbers.
Published
2011-08-08
How to Cite
Wassermann, J. (2011). COOPERATION AND CONFLICT – THE BRITISH ARMY, THE NATAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PROSECUTION OF NATAL REBELS DURING THE ANGLO-BOER WAR. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 36(2). https://doi.org/10.5787/36-2-53
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