Download A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars by Timothy J. Stapleton PDF

By Timothy J. Stapleton

An army heritage of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the tip of Apartheid represents the 1st entire army background of South Africa from the start of ecu colonization within the Cape through the 1650s to the present postapartheid republic. With specific emphasis at the final two hundred years, this balanced research stresses the ancient value of struggle and army buildings within the shaping of recent South African society. vital topics contain army edition through the strategy of colonial conquest and African resistance, the expansion of South Africa as a neighborhood army strength from the early twentieth century, and South African involvement in conflicts of the decolonization period. prepared chronologically, each one bankruptcy studies the key conflicts, rules, and armed forces problems with a selected interval in South African historical past. insurance contains the wars of colonial conquest (1830-69), the diamond wars (1869-81), the gold wars (1886-1910), international Wars I and II (1910-45), and the apartheid wars (1948-94).

Show description

Read or Download A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid PDF

Similar africa books

Abyssinian Chronicles: A Novel

Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's childrens and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude, Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles tells a riveting tale of twentieth-century Africa that's passionate in imaginative and prescient and breathtaking in scope.

At the guts of this unforgettable story is Mugezi, a tender guy who manages to make it in the course of the hellish reign of Idi Amin and studies firsthand the main crushing facets of Ugandan society: he withstands his far away father's oppression and his mother's cruelty within the identify of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of battle, rape, poverty, and AIDS, and but he's in a position to retain a hopeful or even sometimes a laugh outlook on existence. Mugezi's hard-won observations shape a cri de coeur for a humans formed via untold losses.

The Tragic State of Congo: From Decolonization to Dictatorship

The Congo is wealthy in minerals and agricultural power. What retains it from rising as a doable, even filthy rich, country? in the course of 4 centuries of the slave exchange, the Portuguese on my own claimed over thirteen. 25 million lives. Then, King Leopold II of Belgium took the Congo as his personal fiefdom in 1876, and the exploitation of the population was once much more horrendous.

Adoption in Old Babylonian Nippur and the Archive of Mannum-mešu-liṣṣur

Booklet by way of Elizabeth Caecilia Stone, David I. Owen, John R. Mitchell

African Laughter

African Laughter' is a portrait of Doris Lessing's place of birth. In it she recounts the visits she made to Zimbabwe in 1982, 1988, 1989 and 1992, after being exiled from the outdated Southern Rhodesia for twenty-five years for her competition to the white minority executive. The visits represent a trip to the center of a rustic whose background, panorama, humans and spirit spring to mind by way of Lessing in a story of particular scenes.

Additional resources for A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid

Example text

12 Wars of Colonial Conquest (1830–69) 35 In mid-February 1851, under instructions from the governor, Colonel MacKinnon led a column of 2,750 men, consisting of 5 British regular companies, 100 CMR, and settler and Fingo levies, to reinforce Somerset’s command at Fort Hare. At the same time Governor Smith ordered another force of 300–400 Fingo from Fort Peddie to rendezvous with MacKinnon. ’’15 In late April 1851 MacKinnon once again left King William’s Town with an expedition of 200 cavalry, 1,800 British infantry, and 200 Fingo that went up into the Amatolas, fought off a number of ambushes, and returned a few days later with 400 captured cattle.

These actions prompted Hintsa to agree to D’Urban’s demand that he surrender 50,000 cattle and 1,000 horses as compensation for the December raids. Hintsa then accompanied a 500-man colonial patrol, commanded by Smith, as it collected cattle from various Gcalaka settlements. On May 12, Hintsa, according to colonial witnesses, attempted to escape by riding away but was pursued and knocked off his horse by Smith. Running into some bush, the Xhosa king was shot to death by colonial soldiers who cut off his ears as trophies.

In early May they ambushed a colonial supply train passing through the Fish River Bush on its way to Fort Peddie and captured 43 wagons. At the end of May a combined Xhosa army of 8,000 attacked Fort Peddie but was repulsed by colonial artillery and muskets that killed 92 warriors. As they withdrew, the Xhosa made off with 4,000 cattle captured from the Fingo. On May 30, Somerset led a supply train of 82 wagons, escorted by 1,200 troops, through the Fish River Bush and pushed straight through a Xhosa ambush—oxen pulling the wagons were shot but then replaced—to relieve beleaguered Fort Peddie.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.44 of 5 – based on 12 votes