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Mafeking Memories

Author : Frederick Saunders
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Mafeking Memories is a memoir of the siege of Mafeking in South Africa during the Boer War, as recorded by Frederick Saunders (1883-1964). Saunders, sixteen at the time of the siege, volunteered for service in the Bechuanaland Rifles, defending Mafeking against the encircling Boers. The Boer War had just begun, and with Ladysmith and Kimberley under siege as well, British reverses signaled their possible defeat at the hands of the Boers, and an international humiliation for Great Britain. Of the sieges, Mafeking's was the longest, from October 1899 to May 1900. The British public watched events in South Africa intently. Saunders gives us a vivid and unique soldier's-eye view of the siege, the daily life, the hunger, the regular bombardment from long-range Boer guns, the forays against the Boers, and the antics of Baden-Powell, who tried to keep up the morale of the garrison. Saunders's descriptions of the countryside are graphic too, revealing an artist's sensitivity. His account nicely supplements others written by journalists and by prominent officials at Mafeking. The editor, who obtained the memoir from the Saunders family, provides an introduction that places the siege in its historical context.

Mafeking

Author : Malcolm Flower-Smith
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Mafeking ranks as one of the major military epics of the Anglo-Boer War. A courageous garrison led by British Army Colonel Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, withstood more than seven months of starvation, death and destruction before they were relieved. A powerful story of human endurance.

Baden Powell The Hero of Mafeking

Author : W. Francis Aitken
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Baron Baden-Powell is nowadays remembered best for his work as the founder of the Scouting Movement which has gone on to become a world-wide success; however his initial reputation rested on his military career centred on the Boer War. Colonel Baden-Powell, as he then was, commanded at Mafeking and was charged with its defence no matter the odds. At his command he had few resources, even fewer men and slim prospects of holding out against overwhelming odds. What this book tells, with great gusto, is the miracle that Baden-Powell contrived to bring about by successfully defending Mafeking for seven months. His tactics were often unconventional but very effective in keeping up both the spirits of the townspeople and the Boers at bay. He set an example of sang-froid that was instrumental in ensuring the troops under his command did not give in to the fears of the odds facing them. The following anecdote is characteristic of him: “Soon after the redoubtable Cronje [The Boer General] took command of the Boer forces, he forwarded a demand for surrender, to avoid further bloodshed, to which the reply [Baden-Powell’s] was, "When will the bloodshed begin?"” Highly recommended. Author — W. Francis Aitken Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in 1900, London, by S W Partridge & Co. Original Page Count – 175 pages. Illustrations — 1 Portrait.

The Siege of Mafeking 1900

Author : A. Hamilton
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"The Siege of Mafeking (1900)" by A. Hamilton. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Battle Story Mafeking 1899 1900

Author : Edmund Yorke
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The Siege of Mafeking remains one of the most renowned actions of the Second Boer War, with the British Army defeating a Boer force of up to 8,000 men with barely 1,500 troops. In a siege that lasted 217 days, Robert Baden-Powell and his troops withheld attack from the Boers against all the odds and Mafeking was finally relieved on 17 May 1900. It caused much public excitement in Victorian Britain, with Baden-Powell emerging as a national hero. If you want to understand what happened and why – read Battle Story. One of the most famous, if contoversial, battles of the Second Boer War – memorialised across South Africa, Canada and the United Kingdom The Siege of Mafeking was instrumental in turning Robert Baden-Powell (later founder of the Scouts) into a national hero Includes significant contribution from South African, Canadian and Australian troops

Baden Powell of Mafeking

Author : J. S. Fletcher
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"Baden-Powell of Mafeking" by J. S. Fletcher. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Relief of Mafeking

Author : Filson Young
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From Mafeking to Molehills The Reluctant Cub Scout

Author : Jon Laidlaw
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by Jon Laidlaw ISBN 978 1 846930539 Published: 2007 Pages: 230 Description From Mafeking to Molehills - The Reluctant Cub Scout "It's not funny James. What the hell do I know about camping?" Christ, it must be at least thirty years since my twin brother David and I marched off to the Isle of Wight with the Church Lads Brigade. We had only joined them because the uniform was far more fashionable than the ones offered by the other youth organisations of that time. I can still remember struggling up the gentle slopes of Bembridge in the bright August sunlight sweating profusely under the unbearably stiff collars and heavy serge. But our buttons were clean and our boots were polished and apparently that was what was important. "But Mrs Cunliffe, I mean Akela, says they need helpers and anyway I stuck my hand up now so you've got to do it." "Thanks James" I said, thinking of my excuses already. "She'll ring you tomorrow to arrange a meeting so that you can meet all the other dads who were, er. have, volunteered." About the Author Jon Laidlaw is fifty four. Born, raised and educated in the village of Shepperton. The younger of identical twins. He is married to Carolyn and has two children James and Victoria. He now commutes between his homes in Marbella and Hampshire.

The Tribes of Mafeking District

Author : P. L. Breutz
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Genealogy and history of the tribes and area.

A Narrative Discourse Analysis of Herman Charles Bosmans Short Story Mafeking Road 1932

Author : Hildegard Schnell
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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1.0, University of Duisburg-Essen, course: South African Cultural Studies, language: English, abstract: In his current popularity, Herman Charles Bosman has come to be viewed as something of an “eternal artist” figure, conveying “marvellous home-truths for all men” (Gray 1977:79). But the truth about the later Bosman is that he became a writer who had a scrupulous, instant understanding with each passing day and each yard of newspaper that underwent his professional scrutiny. Stephen Gray suggests “that he [Bosman] meant himself to be taken as [...] a commentator, a newspaper columnist, whose medium happened to be fiction” thus drawing attention to the underlying truths of South Africa (ibid.). By debunking the myth of Boer bravery during the second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in his short story “Mafeking Road”, Bosman touches upon a subtle theme extant amongst the Boer community, namely extreme Afrikaner patriotism (Wenzel 1999:109-110).