Battlefield History Tours

Battlefield History Tours
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Second Boer War Tour to South Africa 28 May 2018


Today we visited the sites of three quite iconic battles that took place later in the war. The first was Wilmansrust where poor deployment (mostly attributable to poor command decisions by the British officer in charge) resulted in largest number of casualties suffered by an Australian contingent and three young Victorians being sentenced to death for treason. Then Grobelar Rect where Anthony Forest at 16 was the youngest Australian officer to die in battle. The Grobelar Rect site now being almost unrecognisable due to improvements being made to the N11.

Our final battlefield visit was managed by Highveld Tourism Mpumalanga, the detailed battlefield description resulted from years of research into what actually happened at the Battle of Onverwacht. This was followed by an excellent lunch in the town of Ermelo, and a visit to the Ermelo Boer War Cemetery.

A great day had by all, and many thanks to Athol and his team from Highveld Tourism for the great way they treated us.


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