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1899 – Second Boer War: The Battle of Magersfontein

11 December

The Battle of Magersfontein was fought on this day in 1899, at Magersfontein near Kimberley on the borders of the Cape Colony and the independent republic of the Orange Free State. British forces under Lieutenant General Lord Methuen were advancing north along the railway line from the Cape in order to relieve the Siege of Kimberley, but their path was blocked at Magersfontein by a Boer force that was entrenched in the surrounding hills. The British had already fought a series of battles with the Boers, most recently at Modder River, where the advance was temporarily halted. Continue reading “1899 – Second Boer War: The Battle of Magersfontein”

1899 – The Boers begin their 118-day siege of British-held Ladysmith

2 November

During the Second Boer War British commander Lieutenant General Sir George White made Ladysmith his centre of operations for the protection of Natal against the Boer forces. Continue reading “1899 – The Boers begin their 118-day siege of British-held Ladysmith”

1899 – The Second Boer War begins

11 October – On this day

The Second Boer War otherwise known as the Second Anglo-Boer War, was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State. Continue reading “1899 – The Second Boer War begins”

1939 – South Africa declares war on Germany

6 September – On this day

South Africa declares war upon Nazi Germany, becoming the first dominion to do so independently of the United Kingdom. Continue reading “1939 – South Africa declares war on Germany”

1879 – Zulu king captured

28 August – On this day

South Africa

The last great ruler of Zululand, King Cetshwayo kaMpande is captured by the British on this day in 1879. Continue reading “1879 – Zulu king captured”

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