Battlefield History Tours

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Second Boer War Tour to South Africa 7 June 2018


A great day in Bloemfontein.

First we climbed Naval Hill (well, the bus did the climbing for us), place where the British put their big guns to guard against Boer attack. The view from the hill is stunning.

A short drive and we were at President Brand Cemetery. The cemetery is well maintained with manicured lawns, a pity the metal grave markers used for Australian graves have been removed, nonetheless they are mentioned on the central monument. There, on behalf of Maureen who had to leave the tour early, we laid a wreath against the name of Verdi Daly who served in A Squadron New South Wales Mounted Rifles; the memorial incorrectly recording his initial as B instead of V, and the unit as NSWL, not NSWMR.

Then on to the Women's Monument and the Museum of the Boer Republics. The Women's Monument is now accompanied by a series of walls listing those who died in the concentration camps and memorials to those who were exiled and to the bitter enders. Nearby is a wendy house built by World War 1 internees, a train from the turn of the 19/20 centuries, a blockhouse complete with barbed wire fence, a reconstructed graveyard, and hospital exhibition. Finally, we viewed the big guns Boer and British.

Lunch was at a shopping mall followed by a visit to the South African Armoured Museum at Tempe with its story of South African Armour and examples of unique vehicles.

In the evening we had our final dinner with our South African hosts Pieter and Pheelo where we thanked them for excellent service.

Tomorrow we will head to Johannesburg.


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