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Itish ambulances dutifully cared for soldiers of either side Taking prisoners seems to be much preferential to overt killing and prisoners often act friendly and amicably with their captors not with the venom and hatred one might expect from belligerent forces In the midst of these encouraging examples Reitz s account of British soldiers executing Boers for wearing British uniforms stands out Reitz speaks out against these killings of British soldiers executing Boers for wearing British uniforms stands out Reitz speaks out against these killings that in addition to not "being properly informed of this policy the Boers wore khaki because they "properly informed of this policy the Boers wore khaki because they the clothing and never in an attempt to pose as decoy British soldiers for subterfuge However he also shows us that at least some Boers would indeed pose as British soldiers to avoid conflict Additionally Reitz does not disapprove of the disturbing scene of a Boer execution of a pleading British spy Reitz appears to be creating a double standard when it comes to fair conduct in battle giving us yet another example of dualityReitz s writing is the only aspect of this book which does not present the eader with a duality His account is exciting his descriptions vivid and his story moving Its value is not limited to that of a primary source for the Boer War or even its literary A Southern Moderate in Radical Times: Henry Washington Hilliard, 1808-1892 reflections on both the physical and emotional His depiction of the Boers as a people is immensely valuable His depictions of his family fellow soldiers and leadership present us with a striking view of a proud passionate yet stoic people Theeader becomes attached to the Boers and feels the heartbreak of losing a war that defined multiple generations Reitz not only treats this disappointment with the expected Boer stoicism but also the ambivalence that marks the Iran rest of the book Hiseaction to the end of the war betrays complicated feelings of loss and indifference made powerful by their understated natureThis work is essentially a primary source for the war making a discussion of its historiography hardly Tagebuch relevant Reitz doeseference Conan Doyle s History of the Great Boer War and The Times History of the Boer War but usually in a self congratulatory way as opposed to
events The book is thus based entirely on Reitz s ecollection not on documentary evidence While Reitz speaks authoritatively and seems to be little eason to doubt any of his account it is important to emember that human memory is never perfect Additionally the book s lack of maps might prove frustrating for Access to English. Test pack 4 readers who are unfamiliar with the geography of South Africa The inclusion of maps featuring locations of significant events would improve theeader s experienceOverall Reitz s masterful work gives us an unfiltered glimpse into the shoes of a strange conflict one that was marked by seemingly contradictory elements Its close detail of the conflict combined with his exciting narrative and immersing style make it valuable not just to military historians but to general Deconstruction in Context: Literature and Philosophy readers as well His accessible yet powerful writing ensure that this work will continue to be aelevant source of primary information for the Boer war as well as an interesting exploration of the duality of war. Battles of the war Commando is a straightforward narrative that describes an extraordinary adventure and brings us a vivid unforgettable picture of mobile guerrilla warfare especially later in the war as General Smuts and men like Reitz fought on braving heat cold ain lack of food clothing and boots tiring horses. I eally enjoyed this first hand account of the Second Boer War unusually written from the Boer perspective Deneys Reitz was 17 at the outbreak of hostilities in 1899 and fought through the entire war before going into exile in Madagascar in 1902 ather than sign the declaration of surrender where he wrote this account of the war He writes with an immediacy and aciness that makes his book feel like a series of journalistic dispatches In his teens and early twenties during the events he ecounts and When He Wrote About he wrote about his youthful enthusiasm for adventure and danger come through Paradoxically the other uality that he clearly demonstrates is typical Boer stoicism in the face of One day when I became an authority on the Boer War Enough to persuade teenagers at least This book will be the thing to thank War is a zero sum game especially when it is part of a colonialist scheme I cringed at the names mentioned in this book Smuts Botha so eminiscent of SA s ecent horrific past somehow I could not get myself to go beyond their The Witch who was a princess recent connotations Still one of my ancestors is mentioned here in th This is first hand account of the 2nd Boer War from the perspective a young Boer soldier The book is well written and the account shows the hardships of both conventional war and the guerrilla war that was fought thereafterConsidering that this book was never written in the authors first language it was a huge achievementThis is a greatead if you are into historical accounts from a first hand perspective The Boer War of 1899 is perhaps a textbook example of dualities in war and Deneys Reitz s brilliantly vivid account Commando A Boer Journal of the Boer War embraces and examines these inherent polarities Despite being published in 1929 it still Little Shop of Horrors: 8 Selections from the Musical: Easy Piano reads as fresh as if it were published today working both on the level of a primary account of the Boer War and as a subtleeflection on the nature of the war and its strange dichotomies Reitz manages to accomplish this deftly with an engaging style that is a great pleasure to eadTactics used by either side of the Boer war eveal an
verifying events The book is thus based entirely on Reitz s ecollection not on documentary evidence While Reitz speaks authoritatively and
polarity Each side of the conflict fought in a completely different style forces generally used the columnar infantry tactics the standard formation of nineteenth century militaries The Boers on the other hand lacked such Jeden výdych koňa rigid military training and discipline As an incredibly mobile force of mounted infantry their tacticselied on their intimate knowledge of the terrain exploiting natural cover and elevation differences to wreak havoc on approaching British columns The Boers lack of formal discipline went even further in the fact that their commanders were often elected and Boer soldiers came and went from the front lines according to their own personal desires and whims Leadership was not determined by Eleanor, Quiet No More rank but by charisma Another form of duality was the two very distinct phases of the war The start of the war consisted of large conflicts involving large groups Often Boers would entrench in strategic locations to exploit their marksmanship or they attempted to siege specific cities Re. Deneys Reitz was 17 when the Anglo Boer War broke out in 1899 Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people but as a South African one had to fight for one's country Reitz had learned toide shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk and the skills and endurance he had acuired during those years. .
obvious polarity Each side of the conflict fought in a completely different style
Itz presents these conflicts through the eyes of the Boers who had no idea the level of catastrophe they caused the British From Reitz s perspective these battles were tough and the Boers seemed convinced that all was lost However unknown to them the British suffered
Harsh Ignoble Defeats Perhaps Because Of This Lack Of Knowledgeignoble defeats Perhaps because of this lack of knowledge expresses dissatisfaction with this stage of the war convinced the Boer strategy was ineffective and not true to their identity During this stage Reitz not only uestioned the Boers tactics but also esented his commanders a surprising sentiment considering the customary Boer solidarityThe transition to the second stage of the conflict was not obvious to everyone at the time The Boer commander Christiaan De Wet noted that he did not see a clear distinction between the two phases Reitz at least seems aware of this shift deftly pointing it out although whether he comments on it only through the lens of hindsight is speculation In any case the second stage of the war saw the Boers transition to guerrilla warfare Operating in small barely organized groups they harassed the British forces through a series of night attacks What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game raids and small scale battles When battles became pressing Boer forces would immediatelyetreat and Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) regroup after each encounter to continue the unrelenting badgering Reitz approved of this type of conflict praising his leaders instead of deriding them He also points out the incredibleole of chance in a conflict of this nature The smallest of events can have profound implications the seemingly innocuous accidents such as Revenant returning for misplaced belongings or unforeseen occurrences such as a porcupine spooking the horses can have disastrous effects on a small scale war of this natureThe duality of the Boer war is not limited to its physical and tactical elements but also the psychological Reitzeveals a surprising ambivalence about the conflict War memoirs are often Pumpkinflowers replete with shock and dismay at the horrors of war and this book is no exception Reitz does not shield theeader from the gore and violence that marked this conflict nor does he spare the eader from the emotional turmoil of ending another man s existence At The Sight Of The Soldiers He Has Killed Reitz the sight of the soldiers he has killed Reitz a trauma that breaks through his characteristic Boer stoicism However Reitz goes out of his way to demonstrate the excitement and thrill that war brings out in him and occasionally the pride of successfully killing the enemy in battle The close juxtaposition of these paradoxical attitudes enhance this interesting ambivalence Reitz s simple and approachable style invites the eader into his shoes to experience this duality firsthand subtly imploring the Green Eyed Envy reader to ask important uestions of him or herselfReitz continues this psychological battle by exploring the duality of justice in war It is incredible given our modern mindset how both belligerent forces adhere to certain unwrittenules of war allowing for a sense of fairness that at times make the war seem like a large scale game Caring for the wounded sometimes calls for brief espites from fire and Br. Were to be made full use of during the war He fought with different Boer Commandos where each Commando consisted mainly of farmers on horseback using their own horses and guns Commando describes the tumult through the eyes of a warrior in the saddle Reitz was fortunate to be present at nearly every one of the major. ,