Author(s): Sir Winston S. Churchill
On October 11th, 1899 long-simmering tensions between Britain and the Boer Republics - the Orange Free State and the Transvaal Republic - finally erupted into the conflict that would become known as the Second Boer War. Two days after the first shots were fired, a young writer by the name of Winston Churchill set out for South Africa to cover the conflict for the Morning Post. The Boer War brings together the two collections of despatches that Churchill published on the conflict. London to Ladysmith recounts the future Prime Minister's arrival in South Africa and his subsequent capture by and dramatic escape from the Boers, the adventure that first brought the name of Winston Churchill to public attention. Ian Hamilton's March collects Churchill's later despatches as he marched alongside a column of the main British army from Bloemenfontein to Pretoria. Published together, these books are a vivid eye-witness account of a landmark period in British Imperial History and an insightful chronicle of a formative experience by Britain's greatest war-time leader.
Winston Churchill's eyewitness reports from the front-line of the Boer War of 1899-1902, now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions, from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951-1955. Celebrated as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century, he was also a gifted orator, statesman and historian. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
London to LadysmithForewordI.SteamingSouthII.TheState of the GameIII.Alongthe Southern FrontierIV.InNatalV.ACruise in the Armoured TrainVI.DistantGunsVII.TheFate of the Armoured TrainVIII.Prisonersof WarIX.Throughthe Dutch CampsX.InAfrikander BondsXI.IEscape from the BoersXII.Backto the British LinesXIII.Christmasand New YearXIV.AMilitary Demonstration and Some Good NewsXV.TheDash for Potgieter's FerryXVI.Trichardt'sDrift and the Affair of Acton HomesXVII.The Battle of Spion KopXVIII.Through the Five Days' ActionXIX.AFresh Effort and an Army ChaplainXX.TheCombat of Vall KrantzXXI.HussarHillXXII.The Engagement of Monte CristoXXIII.The Passage of Tugela XXIV.The Battle of Pieters: The Third DayXXV.Upon Majuba DayXXVI.The Relief of LadysmithXXVII.After the SiegeIan Hamilton's MarchI.ARoving CommissionII.ExitGeneral GatacreIII.AtHalf-Way HouseIV.TwoDays with BrabazonV.TwoDays with Brabazon - continuedVI.TheDewetsdorp EpisodeVII.IanHamilton's MarchVIII.IanHamiltonIX.TheAction of HoutnekX.TheArmy of the Right FlankXI.LindleyXII.Concerninga Boer ConvoyXIII.Actionof JohannesburgXIV.TheFall of JohannesburgXV.TheCapture of PretoriaXVI."Heldby the Enemy" XVII.Action of Diamond HillAppendix: Composition of Lieut.-General Ian Hamilton's ForceIndex