The following battles of the Great Boer War are described and illustrated under this title:
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. Podcast on the Battle of Ladysmith
Battle of Graspan: (also known as the Battle of Enslin) Fought on 25th November 1899 in the Great Boer War by Lord Methuen, leading to his advance to the disastrous battles of Modder River and Magersfontein. Podcast on the Battle of Graspan
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’. Podcast on the Battle of Magersfontein
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.
Battle of Val Krantz: The third unsuccessful attempt by Buller to push across the Tugela River and relieve Ladysmith, fought on 5th February 1900.
Battle of Pieters: The final battle fought by Buller’s Natal Field Force on 14th February 1900, leading to the relief of Ladysmith and the Boer retreat from Natal.
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.