CONTENTS OF VOL. I .
C hapter I.— T H E E X P L O S IO N . Oct. n , 1899. A nd e v e n t s previo u s t h e r e t o .
T h e B oer U ltim atum — Intrigues against B ritish suprem acy— G reat B ritain 's interest in the Dutch Republics
— Common interests of the white peoples— E a rly history of Cape Colony— Unpopularity of the Dutch East India
Com pany— British capture Capetown— " T h e G reat Trek " — England recognises the R epublics—T h eir attitude
towards 11s—Sir B artle Frere— M ajuba—T he Outlanders—The Jam eson raid —K ruger— His character— Sir A lfred
M ilner—The Bloemfontein conference—T ransvaal refuses England’s demands—W ar
C h apter II.—T H E O V E R R U N N IN G O F N O R T H E R N N A T A L . Oct. 11-O ct. 27, 1899.
H urried Preparations for W ar—T he R eserves M obilised—Enthusiasm of the B ritish Public— Strength of the
Forces in N atal and Cape Colony—Strength of the Enem y— The Attack D elayed—’Disposition of the B oer Forces
— Positions of the B ritish at Dundee and Ladysm ith—Battle of Dundee—Sym ons wounded—Storm ing of Talana
H ill—T he Treacherous W hite F la g —Y ule’s M arch —Battle of Elandslaagte—British and B oer L osses— “ R e
member M ajuba ! ” — Action at Rietfontein—T he Boer T actics— W hite decides to hold Ladysm ith ...
C h apter I II .—T H E IN V E S T M E N T O F L A D Y S M IT H , M A F E K IN G , A N D K IM B E R L E Y .
Oct. 27-Nov. 1899.
The Boers seize the heights dominating Ladysm ith—T he B attle of Farq uh ar's F a rm — W hite withdraws to
save the town—T he guns brought off—D ram atic advent of the Bluejackets—Loss of C arleton’s colum n— Neglect
of precautions at Ladysm ith—T he town beleaguered—Condition of affairs on the W estern Fron tier— Doubtful
attitude of the Schreiner M inistry— First act of w ar—Attempts to capture M afeking— The Boers seize V ryburg
— Kim berley isolated—Bom bardment commenced—Storm barg district abandoned by the B ritish — Attitude o f the
C h apter IV .—T H E D E SP A T C H O F T H E A R M Y C O R PS. Oct. 25-Dec. 9, 1899.
Dilatoriness of the Governm ent—Full notice to the enemy— M obilisation begins—Sm all proportion of c iv a lry
— Loyal action of the Colonies—T he greatest Expeditionary Force ever sent over seas— Em barkation of the
troops—Food supplies—T he voyage out— T he plan of cam paign—Character of the country—N ew tactics required
— Despatch of the Fifth and Sixth Divisions ...
C hapter V.—T H E B E G IN N IN G O F T H E A D V A N C E IN N A T A L A N D C A P E CO LO N Y.
Oct. 30-Dec. 14, 1899.
Natal threatened— Armoured train s—Ladysm ith bombarded— Assault on the town—The Boers at C hieveley—
.Arm oured train wrecked near Chieveley— Endeavours to clear the obstruction— Capture of M r. W inston
C hurchill—T he Estcourt garrison in danger— Shelling of Mooi R iver C am p—Boer advance checked at N otting
ham R oad—T h e W illow Grange fight— A rrival of Lord Dundonald and General B uller— Com parison of the
opposing arm ies—T h e forward movement b egins—Boer position at Colenso— Buller determines to attack ...
C h apter V I.— T H E F IR S T B A T T L E O F C O LE N SO . Dec. 15, 1899.
The battle begins—Bom bardm ent of Fort W ylie— Artillery pushed forward— T he Boers open fire—T he guns
abandoned— General H art’s position—T h e Dublin Fusiliers attempt to ford the Tugela—T h eir retirem ent ordered
— Failure to carry Hlangwane— Advance of H ildyard’s Brigade— General withdrawal ordered— Death of L ieu
tenant Roberts— Guns and men captured by the B oers— Retirem ent effected in good order— Our losses— Scarcity of
water—B ravery of the Arm y M edical C orps— Im pressions of an eye-witness— Arm istice— A day of blunders
C h apter V II.—T H E B A T T L E O F S T O R M B E R G . Nov. 2-Dec. 10, 1899.
M istakes of the Boer G enerals—B ritish withdraw from Naauwport and Storm berg— General G atacre takes
command— Advance of the B oers—Omnibus Horses for the A rtillery— Conditions of successful attack— G atacre
moves upon Storm berg— T h e forces detrain at Molteno— T he wrong road taken—T h e column surprised— T he
fight— Fatigue of the B ritish troops— A gun abandoned— Order to retreat given—T h e dead and wounded left—
N arrow escape of the armoured train— T h e return to Molteno— British losses— Disastrous results— T he Boers seize
Colesberg— B ritish re-occupy N aauwpoort— A rrival of General F ren ch ...
C h apter V III.— L O R D M E T H U E N ’S A D V A N C E . Nov. 10-23, 1899.
Lord Methuen takes charge of the W estern Cam paign— Reconnaissance towards Belm ont— H eavy loss of
officers— Lord Methuen reinforced— Advance to Fincham 's Farm — B ritish victory at Belm ont— C haplain H ill’s
bravery— Contraventions of usages of war— Boers retreat— Frontal attack criticised— Lord Methuen congratulates
C h a p te r IX .— L O R D M E T H U E N ’S A D V A N C E — continued. Nov. 23-Dec. 2, 1899.
M arch to Swinks Pan— Advance of Ninth Brigad e—Battle of Enslin— Bom bardm ent of the B oer position—
Reinforcem ents sent for— T he Bluejackets and M arines take the kopje—B ritish losses— T he Queen congratulates the
N aval Brigade— Boer losses— Lack of water at Enslin— Lord Methuen’s address to the troops— M arch to Klok-
fontein— Lord M ethuen's available forces— T h e Boers in force at the Modder R iver— Disposition of troops— Scene
of the battle— Boer preparations—B attle of the Modder— T he torture of thirst— Sleep during battle— A rrival of an
additional Field B attery— Attem pts to cross the river— Retreat of the Boers— Com parison of B ritish and Boer
losses—B ritish artillery fire— Characteristics of the fighting— T he Boers fire on the Red Cross— Conduct of the
Free Staters impugned— K ru ger’s remonstrances
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