Born in 1882, Deneys Reitz (pictured right) began soldiering at the age of 17 he was the son of F W Reitz, the State Secretary of the Transvaal. The young man knew and writes about the State President, Paul Kruger, and his wife. When war broke out in South Africa between the Boers and the British he rode away on his Basuto pony to join one of those 'Commandos' which were to perform such prodigies of resistance for the next three years. After the Boer surrender in 1902 Reitz went into voluntary exile in Madagascar, but was eventually persuaded by his old leader, now Field-Marshal Smuts, to forget his bitterness against the British and to embrace 'the broader loyalty' to the Union of South Africa. His subsequent record of service shows how ardently he adopted the advice of Smuts. In the 1914-18 war he fought with distinction as a comrade-in-arms of the British, and became Commander of the First Royal Scots Fusiliers, one of the oldest regiments in the British Army.
This is a remarkably compelling and well written book graphically describing the horrors faced by the boers as a superior force engulfed them. Do not be fooled by the blandness of the chapter titles.
|0||Preface||7||An Affair At Surprise Hill||14||New Conditions||21||Horses And Men|
|1||Memory's Tower||8||A Visit To The Tugela Line||15||A Successful Affair, And After||22||Moss-Trooping|
|2||On The Brink||9||The Battle Of SpioenKop||16||From West To East||23||A Long Trail|
|3||To The Frontier||10||The Rest of our Corporalship is Destroyed||17||The End Of The 'A.C.C.'||24||Calmer Waters|
|4||We Invade Natal||11||A Campaign In The Free State||18||The Next Stage||25||The Last Phase|
|5||A Battle||12||The British Invade The Transvaal||19||Farther South||26||The Lost Cause|
|6||Ups And Downs||13||Farther Afield||20||We Go Into The Cape Colony|