Doing Canada Proud. The Second Boer War and the Battle of by Bernd Horn

By Bernd Horn

The tale of a little-known Canadian victory within the moment Boer battle.

In the autumn of 1899, Britain entered the second one Anglo-Boer struggle in South Africa convinced that its military might make brief paintings of a set of armed farmers. even if, preliminary confrontations speedy replaced attitudes. Following a chain of humiliating defeats, Britain speedy sought extra troops. Canada replied the decision, and its first contingent consisted of the second (Special carrier) Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).

scuffling with their first conflict at Paardeburg waft from February 18 to 27, 1900, The RCR did Canada proud, serving with contrast and demonstrating persistence and tenacity that rivalled the well-known British regulars. This victory got here at a price, although. The RCR suffered 39 killed and 123 wounded, yet its accomplishments have been striking. Canadians introduced the 1st significant British triumph, which turned the turning aspect of the clash. The victory additionally awakened...

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It is a natural phenomenon that allows crossing on a regular basis instead of only during time when the water level is low. The meal was barely started when shots rang out in the distance. The British field force had caught General Piet Cronjé’s army of 5,000 Boer troops on the Modder River. The hunter had become the hunted. The Boer army that had just recently besieged Kimberley was now trapped. The RCR were ordered to dislodge or capture them. By 0720 hours, the Royal Canadians, most without a meal, deployed from their lines.

Their cultural separation from the population of Cape Colony widened until, by the end of the 18th century, both groups were dramatically different. However, both continued to use Afrikaans (a mixture of Dutch, other languages, and indigenous African) as their official language. In 1806 Cape Colony became a British possession. The Boers quickly became disgruntled with British policies and rule, particularly when slavery was abolished. Between 1835 and 1843 approximately 12,000 Boers left Cape Colony for the veldt, a migration commonly called the Great Trek.

When war between Britain and the Boers broke out in early October, and Canada had not yet done anything, another frenzy of pro-war agitation exploded. Laurier had little choice. After two stormy days of Cabinet meetings, on October 14 he finally announced that Canada would send an official contingent of 1,000 volunteers. Canada was at war. Laurier took the wise counsel and, on October 18, his Cabinet approved the establishment and deployment of a regiment of infantry, namely the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) — 1,000-strong commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel William D.

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