“In Victory, Magnanimity…”

Sir Winston Churchill famously stated his outlook as being: ‘In War, Resolution; In Defeat, Defiance; In Victory, Magnanimity; and in Peace, Good Will’. It is interesting to note the lasting impact that these very British values of ‘magnanimity...

Natal Police at Ladysmith

Of all the many myths which surround the Boer War, one of the most amusing is the idea that the conflict was fought between ‘Britain and South Africa’. As ‘South Africa’ did not exist at the time, this is self-evidently...

“I need 500,000 men…”

As the last British and American troops leave Afghanistan this month, after almost 20 years, there was an interesting comment in a letter to the Telegraph: ‘the alliance would do well to reflect on the words of the former coalition commander, the...

Advice for True Believers

I was recently told by one True Believer / Defender of the Myth that he would never read any of my books ‘on principle’. I asked him if that was the ‘principle of not wanting to learn anything about the Boer War’, and he...