100th anniversary of this conflict in year of publication
Researched from archives and collections in both the UK and South Africa, many of the illustrations have never before been published
Combines contemporary and modern photography to allow the reader to identify the key historic sites and walk the battlefield
Color artwork details the uniforms and weapons of the ordinary soldiers that fought these bloody battles
This brutal war of attrition which devastated the South African economy and cost the British over $22 billion in 1899, triggered by Cecil Rhodes' failed Jameson raid. It marked the end of the old wars of empire and the beginning of a new more recognizably 20th century style of warfare. It saw the invention of the "concentration camp" and saw the British develop their own brand of guerilla warfare to combat the Boers. Eventually defeated by superior numbers and a scorched earth policy, the Boers finally surrendered, but a legacy of bitterness had been spawned which would last for decades.