Churchill's South Africa

Enlivened with photographs and quotations from Churchill’s pen, this beautifully produced volume documents the travels of a key historical figure in South Africa.
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Title: Churchill's South Africa
Subtitle: Travels during the Anglo-Boer War
Author: Chris Schoeman
Imprint: Zebra Press
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2013
ISBN 9781920545475 / ISBN 978-1-920545-47-5
Hardcover, dustjacket, 18 x 24 cm, 224 pages, numerous b/w photographs


Although this book has its background the Anglo-Boer War, it is not a military history book in the traditional sense, dominated by military leaders and detailed accounts of battles. Instead it focuses on Churchill's footsteps across South Africa and looks at the places he visited, the people he met and his interactions with them, and the variety of landscapes he encountered. Churchill traversed all four provinces of Victorian South Africa, the Cape Colony, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal. He even travelled as far as Komatipoort on the Mozambican border, so the whole country is well represented in this account. Churchill's South Africa aims to convey through Churchill's own words, supplementary sources and contemporary and present-day photographs.

Content: Churchill's South Africa

Early life and military career
Across the Great Karoo
The green hills of Natal
Captured by the Boers
Prisoner of war in Pretoria
Escape for Delagoa Bay
Return to freedom
Colenso and Spioen Kop
Tugela Heights and the relief of Ladysmith
Free State journey
Towards the Transvaal
Cycling through Johannesburg
The fall of Pretoria
Picture sources