The Noise Before Defeat

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat Sun Tzu Though today trumpeted as ‘Great Generals’ by the likes of Pakenham, the Boer commanders embarked on a war of conquest against...

“A United Kingdom”

The propaganda offensive against the record of the British Empire in Southern Africa makes strange bed fellows of the extreme Right of Afrikanerdom and the extreme Left in Britain; two groups of highly deluded people who have nothing in common...

Playing the Victim

I have lost count of how many times I have been informed by South Africans that their grandparents were ‘murdered’ in the concentration camps. There seems to be a widespread and bizarre desperation to bask in the warm glow of victimhood by...

Diamonds are Forever

Quora can always be relied upon for amusement. The concept of the site is good, but nine times out of ten, the questions posed are either totally inane (“who was the toughest General, like, ever?”) or could just have been Googled (“what is the...

Taking Offence

When is an offensive, not really an offensive? Well, according to many writers on the Boer War, when it is conducted by republican forces. In his otherwise rather good ‘The Boer War: Direction, Experience and Image’, John Gooch reckons: The...

A Grave Blunder

One would have thought that the relentless propaganda offensive to portray the British Empire as some sort of ghastly Bogey Man would have died with the demise of the Apartheid government. Amazingly, however, the new regime has taken up the baton...