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Featured battle : Ingogo
Part of British Victorian Colonial 'Small Wars'
Date : 08 February 1881
General Colley launched an attack on Boer troops threatening his lines of communication in the area of the Ingogo river on the Natal/Transvaal border. With 4 companies of the 3rd Battalion, 60th Rifles and two 9 pounder guns he advanced up the slope of a plateau towards Boer fire. It was a hopeless situation since the plateau was surrounded on three sides by Boer reinforcements as soon as the British reached the top and the two field guns could make little impression on the opposing marksmen in cover. After spending most of the day in this precarious position, with no supplies and little reinforcement, and fire occasionally coming from behind as well as in front and flanks, Colley decided to retreat under cover of darkness. Colley's second major defeat, but unfortunately for the British, not his last.
Featured review :
Into Battle with Napoleon 1812. The Journal of Jakob Walter
Jakob Walter. Edited & Annotated by Bob Carruthers
This is a re-presentation of the jounal which was first translated and published in America in 1938. Bob Carruthers has done a really good job in bringing this wonderful work up to date. His inspired selection and inclusion of the watercolours of Albrecht Adam, who witnessed many of the same events as Jakob Walter, makes the book even more enjoyable. That is if the brutal reporting of such a train of harrowing events can ever be enjoyed. The reader is left with an understanding of the life of a soldier in Russia in 1812 and thankfulness that Jakob kept a jounal. A must read.
Pen & Sword Military, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2013
Reviewed : 2013-04-30 19:15:12