The following battles of the Great Boer War are described and illustrated under this title:
Battle of Talana Hill: The first battle of the Great Boer War, also known as the Battle of Dundee, fought in Northern Natal on 20th October 1899.
Battle of Elandslaagte: Occasion, on 21st October 1899, of the devastating charge by the 5th Lancers.
Battle of Ladysmith: The first defeat of the British, also known as Lombard’s Kop and Nicholson’s Nek and fought on 29th October 1898, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith.
Battles of Belmont and Graspan (Enslin): The twin battles, fought on 23rd and 25th November 1899 (‘Graspan’ also known as ‘Enslin’), that began the British advance to relieve Kimberley, besieged by the Boers.
Battle of Modder River: Lord Methuen’s encounter battle at the Modder River, fought on 28th November 1899, as the British advanced to relieve Kimberley.
Battle of Stormberg: General Gatacre’s disastrous defeat in Northern Cape Colony, fought on 9th/10th December 1899; the first battle of ‘Black Week’
Battle of Magersfontein: Methuen’s disastrous defeat at the hands of Cronje’s Boers on 11th December 1899; the Highland Brigade suffering severe loss: the second battle of ‘Black Week’.
Battle of Colenso: Buller’s disastrous first attempt to cross the Tugela River in Natal and relieve Ladysmith, on 15th December 1899: last of the three battles of ‘Black Week’.
Battle of Spion Kop: The iconic British defeat on 24th January 1900, during Buller’s second and disastrous attempt to cross the Tugela River and relieve Ladysmith.
Battles of Val Krantz and Pieters: The battles fought between 5th and 28th February 1900 by Buller that finally pushed the Boers out of Natal and relieved Ladysmith.
Battle of Paardeberg: The close fought battle that ended on 27th February 1900 with the surrender of Cronje’s Boer army to the British.
Siege of Mafeking: The siege of the railway town on the Bechuanaland border, from 14th October 1899 to 16th May 1900, that fired the British imagination with its resourceful defence by Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement.
Siege of Kimberley: The siege of the diamond-mining town in the north-west of South Africa, between 14th October 1899 and 15th February 1900, whose relief dominated the strategy of the western British forces.
Siege of Ladysmith: The siege in Natal that ensnared a British army from 2nd November 1899 to 27th February 1900, but blocked the Boer invasion of the colony.