The Fighting at Monte Cristo on the 18th, and at Wynne's Hill on the 22nd February, 1900.
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Concerning the fighting at Wynne's hill, we see British forces north of the town of Colenso, with strong positions on either side of the Tugela River. The Boers, under generals Botha and Meyer took up positions around Hart's Hill and Railway Hill, and Groober's Kloof and Pieter's Hill to the north.
On the 21 February, the pontoon bridge was positioned under the western brow of Hlangwane and the army began to cross. Major-General Arthur S. Wynne's 11th Brigade captured Boer positions at Horse-shoe Hill and Wynne's Hill 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Colenso on the evening of the 22 February.
Concerning the fighting at Monte Cristo, we see British forces taking up positions between the Blaaukranz River and the Gamba Stream, and also to the northeast to face opposing Boer forces under Hlangwane Hill, Plat Kop, Green Hill and Monte Cristo, under the leadership of General Fourie. An arrow marks the direction of the 2nd Mounted Brigade of British forces under Dundonald, ready to sweep behind Boer forces and attack them from behind. Under the pressure of the advancing and enveloping army this degenerated very rapidly. When the Dutchman makes up his mind to go he throws all dignity to the winds, and I have never seen an enemy leave the field in such a hurry as did these valiant Boers who found their flank turned, and remembered for the first time that there was a deep river behind them. Shortly after twelve o'clock the summit of the ridge of Monte Cristo was in our hands. The spurs which started at right angles from it were, of course, now enfiladed and commanded. The Boers evacuated both in great haste. The eastern spur was what I have called the 'turned-back' position. The Cavalry under Dundonald. galloped forward and seized it as soon as the enemy was seen in motion, and from this advantageous standpoint we fired heavily into their line of retreat. They scarcely waited to fire back, and we had only two men and a few horses wounded.
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