Penny Fights and Aldershot it

Though the garrison at Aldershot today is a shadow of its former self, there are still links to the Boer War, and specifically the Siege of Ladysmith, to be found in and around the town. Aldershot had been a sleepy village of some 600 souls until...

Despicable Me?

I was recently made aware of a particularly passionate Defender of the Myth™ who has plenty to say about me: It’s fine to challenge the one-sidedness of Afrikaner nationalist history about the AB War causes, which fail to take into account...

The Phoney Victory

The first book I have read in 2022 is the relatively controversial ‘The Phoney Victory’, by Peter Hitchens. Just like his late-brother, Hitchens is an admirable rattler of cages, and sets out to shatter many of the enduring myths of...

Spion Kop propaganda

The role of the South African tourism industry in maintaining the myths of the Boer War always amuses and amazes me. Indeed, their mission statement seems to be to perpetuate the nonsense that the war was in absolutely no way the fault of the...

‘The Vryheid republic’

The more one interacts with Defenders of the Myth™, the more obvious it is that they can only keep their fantasies staggering on by simply making things up. So determined are they keep alive the spluttering fairy tales of Apartheid-regime...

Rangers and Selous Scouts

As insane cuts to troop numbers keep happening, the British army has nonetheless formed a new regiment of Rangers: a sort of semi-elite infantry force, halfway between regular troops and Special Forces. Quite why they didn’t reactivate the...

Diamonds ‘n’ Gold…

I am always amused at the lengths Defenders of the Myth™ have to go to so as to twist and bastardise history to fit their self-serving agenda: ie. that the poor, innocent Boer republics were entirely blameless in the war which they started by...

Consent & Ascent (sic)

An especially bizarre and naïve fellow popped up on my blog recently, desperate to convince me that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, the Apartheid-regime version of events is actually correct, and that Kruger and the republics were...