The Great Boer War By Arthur Conan Doyle












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Some Companies Of This Regiment Were Isolated Upon A Kopje And Surrounded By The Boer Riflemen When The Pressure Upon Them Was Relieved By A Desperate Attack By About A Hundred Of The Victorian Rifles.

The gallant Australians lost Major Eddy and six officers out of seven, with a large proportion of their men,

But they proved once for all that amid all the scattered nations who came from the same home there is not one with a more fiery courage and a higher sense of martial duty than the men from the great island continent. It is the misfortune of the historian when dealing with these contingents that, as a rule, by their very nature they were employed in detached parties in fulfilling the duties which fall to the lot of scouts and light cavalry - duties which fill the casualty lists but not the pages of the chronicler. Be it said, however, once for all that throughout the whole African army there was nothing but the utmost admiration for the dash and spirit of the hard-riding, straight-shooting sons of Australia and New Zealand. In a host which held many brave men there were none braver than they.

It was evident from this time onwards that the turning movement had failed, and that the enemy had developed such strength that we were ourselves in imminent danger of being turned. The situation was a most serious one: for if Clements's force could be brushed aside there would be nothing to keep the enemy from cutting the communications of the army which Roberts had assembled for his march into the Free State.

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