The Great Boer War By Arthur Conan Doyle












 -  A glance at the map
will show that a force moving from this point in conjunction with
another from Lydenburg - Page 700
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A Glance At The Map Will Show That A Force Moving From This Point In Conjunction With Another From Lydenburg Might Form The Two Crooked Claws Of A Crab To Enclose A Great Space Of Country, In Which Smaller Columns Might Collect Whatever Was To Be Found.

Without an instant of unnecessary delay the dispositions were made, and no fewer than eight columns slipped upon the chase.

It will be best to continue to follow the movements of Plumer's force, and then to give some account of the little armies which were operating from the south, with the results of their enterprise.

It was known that Viljoen and a number of Boers were within the district which lies north of the line in the Middelburg district. An impenetrable bush-veld had offered them a shelter from which they made their constant sallies to wreck a train or to attack a post. This area was now to be systematically cleared up. The first thing was to stop the northern line of retreat. The Oliphant River forms a loop in that direction, and as it is a considerable stream, it would, if securely held, prevent any escape upon that side. With this object Plumer, on April 14th, the sixth day after his occupation of Pietersburg, struck east from that town and trekked over the veld, through the formidable Chunies Pass, and so to the north bank of the Oliphant, picking up thirty or forty Boer prisoners upon the way. His route lay through a fertile country dotted with native kraals.

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