With The Flag To Pretoria

VI11 Contents. C hapter X .—T H E B A T T L E O F M A G E R S F O N T E IN . Nov. 29-Dec. 12, 1899. N e w b rid ge o v er the M od der— L o rd M ethuen rein forced— B ritish com m u n ication s th reaten ed — Position o f M agersfo n tein — B o e r d efen ces— B o e r m ethods— D ifficu lty o f relie vin g K im b e rle y — S k irm ish in g — L o rd M eth u en ’s plan s— C h o ice o f S u n d ay — D isposition o f troops— A tta ck on M agersfon tein k o p jes— G en era l W a u ch o p e ’s p re­ m on ition s— N ig h t m arch — B o e rs open fire— D em oralisation o f H igh lan d regim en ts— A ccou n ts o f the fighting— G en eral W a u ch o p e ’s d eath — C o llap se o f H igh lan d B rig a d e — A rtille ry su p p o rt— R ein fo rcem en ts— H eroism on the field— P ro te st again st L o rd M eth u en ’s ord ers— A rtille ry co ver H ig h lan d e rs’ retreat— In ciden ts o f the b a ttle— B ritish retirem en t to M odder R iv e r — B ritis h losses— C ro n je's account— C riticism o f L o rd M eth u en ’s tactics— B u ria l o f G en era l W au ch o p e C hapter X I.—T H E N A T IO N U N D E R D E F E A T . Dec. 12, 1899-Jan. 1900. C ritic a l position o f G re a t B rita in — H er prestige in dan ger— C ra ss ign o ran ce o f m ilitary a ffa irs— G e rm a n system — R e sp o n sib ility o f Statesm en and G en era ls— G overn m en t u n prepared — N e cessity o f reo rg a n isatio n — F o rm e r n ation al crise s— M easu res taken for defence— C h an ge o f G en era ls— L o rd R o b e rts’ m ilitary c a re e r— L o rd K itch en er in the S u d an — E m b ark a tio n for So u th A fric a — G en eral H ecto r M acd on ald — O ffers o f the C olo nies— A u stralian and C an ad ian con tingents— M r. Sedd o n ’s lo y?\ speech— V olu n teers from A siatic d epen dencies— L o n d o n ’s con trib u tion — Im p e ria l Y eo m a n ry — G lo o m y outlook C hapter X II.— T H E F L A N K M O V E M EN T IN N A T A L . Dec. 15, 1899-Jan. 16, 1900. F u rth e r p rep aratio n s for the relie f o f L a d y sm ith — B u ria l o f L ieu ten an t R o b e rts— D estru ctio n o f C olenso road- brid ge— P ick et su rp rise d b y B o e rs — F ifth D ivisio n reach es N a ta l— W an t o f h o w itz ers— A rriv a l o f a balloon and traction en gines— C h ristm as in cam p — D isposition o f relie f force— B o e r position s— M r. W inston C h u rch il! e scap es— B o e r attack 011 C ic s a r’s C a m p — M essages from L a d y sm ith — R e lie f fo rce attack s Colenso-—A d v a n ce s on Sp rin gfield and H u ssa r H ill— F a il to d ra w the B o e rs— F u rth e r m essage from L a d y sm ith — Sto rm ends a d esu lto ry m ovem ent— T h e flag still flyin g in L a d y sm ith — H eroes in rags— M ud ev ery w h e re— C om position o f the re lie f fo rce— T h e arm y m oves— H am p ered b y b aggage— D ifficu lties o f the m arch — D undonald seizes Z w a rt K o p — T h e pont in tact— T h e B o e rs en tren ch in g— G e n e ra l B u lle r ’s plan o f attack — T h e crossin g o f P o tg ie te r’s D rift ... C h a p t e r X II I. — SPIO N K O P. Jan. 16-27, 1900. W a rre n ’s D ivisio n s cross the T u g e la —T h e enem y en tren ching— T h e a rtille ry and tran sp ort c ro ss— A long d elay — Sp ion K o p bo m b ard ed — L y tte lto n ’s feigned attack — T h e c a v a lry seize A cton H om es— D esu lto ry m ovem ents before Sp ion K o p — C h an ge o f plan — A d va n ce on the left ord ered— C ap tu re o f T h re e -tre e H ill and B astio n H ill— D eath o f M ajo r C h ild e — A ssa u lt ordered and counterm anded— L y tte lto n ’s ad van ce— W arren telegrap h s fo r h o w itzers— R u m ou red re lie f o f L a d y sm ith — A n o th er d a y o f little pro gress— P a th e tic hum our— A ssa u lt ordered and postponed — A no th er coun cil o f w ar— W arren rein forced — T h e storm ing fo rce—-Ascent o f S p io n K o p — A B o e r picket su rp rised — T h e storm in g fo rce h alts too soon— T a rd y rein forcem ents— B o th a determ in es to re ca p tu re the h ill— P osition s o f the opposin g fo rces— T h e B o e rs bom bard the B ritis h p osition— W oodgate w oun ded— T h o rn e y c ro ft put in com m and — A frig h tfu l stru g g le— L a c k o f a rtille ry su pport— B o e r attem pts to ru sh the p osition — T h e K in g ’s R o y a l R ifles storm a rid g e— D esp e ra te stra its— C onfusion o f com m ands— T h o rn e y cro ft d eterm in es to w ith d raw — Sce n e on the hill after the b a ttle— L o sses in the action — T h e retreat— C au ses o f the defeat C hapter X IV .—V A A L K R A N T Z . Jan. 30-Feb. 7, 1900. Su b sta n tial rein forcem en ts— G u n s taken to sum m it o f Z w a rt K o p — P lan of attack on V a a l K ra n tz — L ie o f the land— A n o th er crossin g o f the T u g e la — D em onstration tow ards B ra k fo n te in — B o m b ard m en t o f V a a l K ra n tz — In fa n try storm the h eigh t— D ifficu lty o f holding the position— D isa p p e a rin g gu n s— R en ew ed atta ck s— C oun cil o f w a r— E v a c u a tio n o f the rid ge— L o sse s— D isappointm en t in B rita in C hapter X V .— C O L E S B E R G AN D T H E W E S T . Dec. 1899-Feb. 10, 1900. G en era l F re n c h ’s p osition — E n gagem en ts n6ar A ru ndel and R en sb u rg — T h e B o e rs fall back on C o lesb erg— B ritish cam p m oved to R en sb u rg — F ig h tin g round C oles K o p — F re n c h ’s m ob ility— L o ss o f a co m m issariat train — B o th sides rein fo rced — G en era l Schcem an repulsed— D eath o f M a jo r H a rv e y — B o e rs d riven back — D isa ste r to the Su ffo lk s— O ccupatio n o f Slin gersfo n tein — G u n s and su pplies hauled up C o les K o p — S m all action s n ear C o lesb erg— B o e r attack n ear Slin gersfon tein — G u a rd in g the ra ilw a y ju n ctio n s— G ra d u a l w ith d raw a l o f B ritis h fo rces— A ride for life— A c c u ra c y o f A u stralian shootin g— C oles K o p and Slin gersfo n tein evacu a ted — B ritis h retire to A ru n d el— S e iz u re o f G erm an steam ers— L o rd R o b erts con ciliates the C o lo n ia ls— R eo rgan isatio n o f tran sp o rt— R o b erts and K itch en er le ave C ap eto w n — L o rd M ethuen keeps the en em y b u sy — D em on stration s tow ard s K ood oesb u rg D rift— R o b erts in cam p — P re p a ra tio n s for the great blow — C om position o f the G ran d A rm y C hapter X V I.—T H E G R A N D A R M Y R E L I E V E S K IM B E R L E Y . Feb. 10-16, 1900. L o rd R o b e rts ad d resses the officers— C a v a lry lead ers— A d v a n ce to R a m d a m — F re n c h at W a te rv a l D rift— D e K ie l’s D rift secu red — Sun set on the veldt— C ro n je’s optim ism — T h e c a v a lry p u sh fo rw a rd — H ea t and th irst— V eldt on fire— R o n d eval and K lip D rifts seized;—A d van ce o f the in fan try— H a lt at the M od der— C a v a lry opposed— L a n ce rs cle ar a nek— In touch w ith K im b erley —C a p tu re o f A lexan d ersfon tein — E n tr y into K im b e rle y — B iv o u a c in a B o e r cam p — C .I .V .’s b aptism o f fire— Seiz u re o f Ja c o b sd a l— C on vo y attacked b y D e W et— W aggo n s ab an don ed — C ro n je’s retreat— T h e B o e rs c a rry o ff th eir big gu n — O rders to head C ronje 172-204 205-234 235-262 26 3-30 7 30 8 -319 320-345 34 6 -36 4
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