A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:
'Spencer Jones looks at how disaster in the field during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) transformed the British Army. The British entered the war with great confidence. But opening rounds were disastrous. The Boers, a largely irregular force ignorant of "proper" tactics but armed with modern rifles, using five round clips and smokeless propellant, served in mounted Kommandos, aided by a small "professional" artillery force, armed with modern field guns. In the opening weeks, the British suffered numerous reverses, as they found themselves fighting an invisible enemy, who shot from long range and with great accuracy. Even as the war unfolded, the British Army went back to school. Jones concentrates on the series of reforms initiated during the war and during the years that followed it, from 1902-1914. New weapons and tactics were adopted, mounted riflemen were introduced, and, perhaps most importantly, professionalism in the Officer Corps was encouraged, no longer was it sufficient for an officer merely to be brave, he had to think, and even NCOs and ordinary soldiers were expected to display higher levels of skill and initiative than had previously been demanded. Jones does an excellent job of explaining these developments, which led to the highly effective British Army of 1914. A volume in the University of Oklahoma Press series "Campaigns and Commanders", From Boer War to World War is a an excellent read, and a valuable guide for those seeking further study.'
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