The Siege of LadysmithPosted on Thursday 28th February 2013
‘I ascertained afterwards that this little Boer garrison had been for three weeks on Spion Kop before we crossed the Tugela, so they had ample time to make themselves acquainted with every nook and cranny of the mountain top. The mist was so thick that it was impossible to signal down by lamp to the camp that the orders of the G.O.C. had been carried out, but resounding cheers bore the news to the anxious watchers down below.’
Spion Kop, Natal.
by Lewis Childs
In 1899 the Boers, armed with the latest European rifles and artillery, drove through Natal to help themselves to a seaport - Durban - only to spend their energies in laying siege to the market and railway town of Ladysmith.
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