Disposition of the British Forces in January 1900.390
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A sketch map for comparison with distances in Europe is helpfully provided in the lower left corner. The Second Boer War (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902) was fought between the British Empire and two independent Boer states, the South African Republic (Republic of Transvaal) and the Orange Free State, over the Empire's influence in South Africa.
It is suggested that the trigger to the war was the discovering of diamonds and gold in the Boer states.
The war started with the British as overconfident and woefully under-prepared. In contrast, the Boers were well armed and struck first, besieging Ladysmith, Kimberley, and Mafeking in early 1900, and winning very important battles at Colenso, Magersfontein and Stormberg.
Staggered, the British brought in large numbers of soldiers and fought back. General Redvers Buller was replaced by Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener. They relieved the three besieged cities, and invaded the two Boer republics in late 1900. The onward marches of the British Army, well over 400,000 men, were so overwhelming that the Boers did not fight staged battles in defense of their homelands.
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