The Anglo-Boer War Battle Series
The Anglo-Boer War Battle Series is a book series on militäry history published in South Africa.
Ravan Press, then located in Johannesburg, was the publisher of the first edition of The Anglo-Boer War Battle Series in 1999. The second edition was published by 30 Degrees South Publishers (Pty) Ltd. and has been written to make information, photographs and maps of the most significant Anglo-Boer War sites in KwaZulu-Natal more readily available. The books are not exhaustive studies of the various sites but rather field guides, designed to assist the reader in interpreting the terrain and understanding the events. Although the Battle Books form a series, each book has been fully contextualized and can be followed on its own. Contributors to this series share a long-term interest in the Anglo-Boer War and have each made their own unique contribution to the historiography and understanding of the conflict. The authors are Steve Watt, Gilbert Torlage, S. B. Bourquin, Pam McFadden and Ken Gillings. With the assistance of an editorial committee, every effort has been made to maintain balance and accuracy. A slightly flexible approach has been adopted to the spelling of names. As a general rule, the most recent spelling utilized on the state's Survey and Mapping 1:50000 maps has been adopted. Thus for instance Laing's Nek becomes Lang's Nek. Where the name used to describe a topographical feature differs significantly from that in the historical literature to that appearing on the map, then the one used in the books and documents is adopted. The spelling of the river Thukela (Tugela) presents a slight problem. On maps it is spelt as given in the brackets. However, in most current academic historical literature the former form has been adopted, which spelling has been followed in the Anglo-Boer War Battle Series. The book series consists of the following volumes which are available in a boxed set or as single items.
The Anglo-Boer War Battle Series
- The Battle of Talana: 20 October 1899 (9781928211396/978-1-928211-39-6)
- The Battle of Elandslaagte: 21 October 1899 (9781928211402/978-1-928211-40-2)
- The Battle of Modder Spruit and Tchrengida: 30 October 1899 (9781928211488/978-1-928211-48-8)
- The Battle of Colenso: 15 December 1899 (9781928211419/978-1-928211-41-9)
- The Battle of Spioenkop: 23-24 January 1900 (9781928211426/978-1-928211-42-6)
- The Battle of Vaalkrans: 5-7 February 1900 (9781928211433/978-1-928211-43-3)
- The Siege of Ladysmith: 2 November 1899-28 February 1900 (9781928211440/978-1-928211-44-0)
- The Relief of Ladysmith: Breakthrough at Thukela Heights: 13-28 February 1900 (9781928211457/978-1-928211-45-7)
- A Guide to the Anglo-Boer War Sites of KwaZulu-Natal (9781928211464/978-1-928211-46-4)
- The Anglo-Boer War Sites of KwaZulu-Natal: boxed set of 9 titles (9781928211525/978-1-928211-52-5)
This guide leads to the majority of the Anglo-Boer War sites scattered throughout KwaZulu-Natal.
The Battle of Colenso was fought on 15 December 1899 British and Boer forces and led to a heavy British defeat.
The Battle Of Elandslaagte on 21 October 1899 was one of the few tactical victories won by the British during the Second Boer War.
The Battle of Modder Spruit and Tchrengula on 30 October 1899 resulted in the defeat of British arms.
The Battle of Spioenkop took place from 23 to 24 January 1900 between the Boer and British troops.
The Battle of Talana, taking place on the 20th October 1899, was the first major engagement of the Anglo-Boer War.
The Battle of Vaalkrans on 5 th to 7th February 1900 is part of The Battles of the Anglo-Boer War Series.
The relief of Ladysmith and the break through at Thukela Heights during 13-28 February 1900.
This volume of the Anglo-Boer War Battle Series introduces to the The Siege Of Ladysmith that lasted from 2 November 1899 until 28 February 1900.