The Great Round World and what is Going on in it, Tema 181

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W. B. Harrison, 1900

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Página 127 - ... column officially stated at 1,000 men. This movement was much criticised at the time, one opinion being that the Boers would disperse at his approach, and the other that they would surprise and outnumber him. The actual number of the Boers in the field is not known, but the best opinion seems to put their whole available fighting force at from 6,000 to 8,000 men, of whom there were parties at Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Standerton, Wakkerstrom, Lydenberg, and other places. They were all mounted,...
Página 127 - ... British garrisons in the Transvaal were in a state of siege, and owing to the stoppage of communications, rumours, mostly incorrect, and summonses always vague, were the only sources of information as to their position. The Boers were also reported to be besieging Wakkerstrom. On January 24 Sir G. Colley, having made a laager at Newcastle, and provisioned it for thirteen days, and having collected 1,500 men there, determined to advance into the Transvaal, deeming it unadvisable to wait for reinforcements,...
Página 127 - ... were all mounted, but had no artillery, with the exception of one gun which was at Potchefstroom, and were armed with rifles only, having neither swords nor bayonets. On January 25 the troopship ' Euphrates ' arrived at Durban with 1,400 troops on board, and on the same day Sir George Colley with his column arrived at the Ingogo River without opposition, within four miles of the Boer patrols. After crossing the Ingogo River Sir George Colley's advance was stopped by rains, and he encamped four...
Página 127 - ... and outnumber him. The actual number of the Boers in the field is not known, but the best opinion seems to put their whole available fighting force at from 6,000 to 8,000 men, of whom there were parties at Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Standerton, Wakkerstrom, Lydenberg, and other places. They were all mounted, but had no artillery, with the exception of one gun which was at Potchefstroom, and were armed with rifles only, having neither swords nor bayonets. On January 25 the troopship ' Euphrates...

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