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A wonderful account of a neglected conflict,
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This review is from: The Boer War (Paperback)
Thomas Pakenham succeeds in bringing to life the causes and course of the Boer War through a prodigious mixture of spotless, in-depth research, and a writing style that compels the reader to turn the page and discover the latest twist in a conflict that shook the British Army to its foundations. The Boer War has, in Britain, been overshadowed by the two World Wars which followed, but this book will prove of particular interest to students of the Great War, since many of the leading soldiers of that war took part, with varying degrees of success, in the Boer War -soldiers such as French, Haig, Rawlinson and Hamilton. Their experiences in the Boer War are illuminating in the light of their later actions in France and beyond a generation later. A must-read for any student of the late Victorian British army, but also a wonderfully interesting book that appeals to the discerning reader.