By Bernd Horn

The tale of a little-known Canadian victory within the moment Boer conflict.

In the autumn of 1899, Britain entered the second one Anglo-Boer warfare in South Africa convinced that its military might make brief paintings of a suite of armed farmers. although, preliminary confrontations quick replaced attitudes. Following a chain of humiliating defeats, Britain speedy sought extra troops. Canada replied the decision, and its first contingent consisted of the 2d (Special provider) Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).

combating their first conflict at Paardeburg glide from February 18 to 27, 1900, The RCR did Canada proud, serving with contrast and demonstrating persistence and tenacity that rivalled the well-known British regulars. This victory got here at a price, notwithstanding. The RCR suffered 39 killed and 123 wounded, yet its accomplishments have been notable. Canadians introduced the 1st significant British triumph, which turned the turning aspect of the clash. The victory additionally awakened...

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These unexpected “drubbings” pointed out that the British Army was unprepared to meet the challenges of modern warfare. The humiliating climax came during the week of December 10–15, 1899, when three separate British formations were decisively beaten at Stormberg, Magersfontein, and Colenso. ” The impact in South Africa was enormous. During Black Week the high commissioner in Capetown, Alfred, Lord Milner, sent an anxious telegraph cable to Joseph Chamberlain, the colonial secretary in London. “This is the worst blow we have sustained yet during the war,” he wrote.

Surprisingly, it was Governor General Minto who pressed the Canadian prime minister to acknowledge popular opinion and insist that Britain accept a Canadian contribution worthy of Canada’s position in the empire. “You will see from the cable that it is evidently intended that the Canadian troops on arriving in South Africa should be attached to the different units which they represent, and that they should not remain constituted as a Canadian contingent,” advised Minto. ” FROM THE INTELLIGENCE FILES Imperial Interference?

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