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An Imperfect OccupationEnduring the South African War$
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John Boje

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039560

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039560.001.0001

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Occupation and Insurgency

Occupation and Insurgency

(p.13) 1 Occupation and Insurgency
An Imperfect Occupation

John Boje

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the four phases of the South African War of 1899–1902 in the Free State. The first two phases were characterized by conventional battles, with the Boers asserting themselves before the British, with the command passing to Lord Roberts, increasingly prevailed. The third period, following on the occupation of Bloemfontein, was characterized by irregular engagements and may, in turn, be subdivided into a period when the Boers still had the capacity to mount conventional operations and one when they were reduced to insurgency. From the Boers’ point of view, the war was one of increasing hopelessness. This chapter examines the British occupation of the Winburg district, the Boers’ withdrawal southward into the Brandwater Basin, and the surrender of the bulk of the Boer army in the field.

Keywords:   insurgency, South African War, Free State, Boers, Bloemfontein, British occupation, Winburg, Brandwater Basin, Boer army, Lord Roberts

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