‘Reckless Statistiek’

In a recent Quora answer, someone bizarrely announced that total Boer forces during the war were just 43,000. As this is utter rubbish, I responded, informing this person that the real figure was actually about double that. He then replied to me...

On this day in 1865…

On the 30th of December 1865, Rudyard Kipling – probably the finest poet of the modern age – was born. A man inextricably linked with the British Empire, and especially to the Empire in Southern Africa, Kipling won the Nobel Prize for...

The same old myths…

I came across this online article recently: https://www.anglotopia.net/british-history/great-events-british-history-bitter-legacy-british-imperialism-boer-wars/ As the site where it comes from claims to be one for people who ‘love...

My Country: Always Wrong

Well, surprise, surprise: pro-IRA, pro-Hezbollah, Marxist imbecile, Jeremy Corbyn, has announced that if (God forbid) Labour win the up-coming General Election, he will seek to indoctrinate British children that the Empire was evil...

Transvaal Diamonds?

When it comes to the Boer War, the lengths that some people will go to so as to blame everything on the wicked, scheming British is always amusing. I recently read the following (completely unreferenced) passage in an otherwise authoritative and...

On this day in 1899…

Though obviously much more associated with the Second World War, the young Winston Churchill also played an active and adventurous role in the early phases of the Boer War. After active service on the Frontier and in the Sudan, and having proven...