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Rain of Lead : the Siege and Surrender of the British at Potchefstroom - BENNETT IAN

Rain of Lead

the Siege and Surrender of the British at Potchefstroom

Hardcover Published: 18th January 2001
ISBN: 9781853674372
Number Of Pages: 256

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A Rain of Lead tells the dramatic story of the 95-day siege of Potchefstroom, which helped to shape a century of South African history. At the end of 1880, some 200 British soldiers and a handful of civilians began the defence of a makeshift fort the size of a tennis court. Although heavily outnumbered, and suffering from lack of food, tremendous heat, the wettest summer for 30 years and no shelter save a few bullet-holed leaking tents, they were to hold out under constant fire for 95 days. When finally forced by starvation to surrender, with more than one third of the garrison killed, wounded or dead of disease, one of the officers remarked 'We can scarcely understand the perfect peace which has so suddenly fallen on us after three months' rain of lead'. The place was the Boer capital of Potchefstroom in the Transvaal, annexed and occupied by the British, and the siege marked the start of the first Anglo-Boer War. The original reports and eyewitness accounts give a vivid insight into the day-by-day progress of the siege. Ian Bennett has investigated and evaluated the contemporary evidence to produce this first in-depth history of the British and Boers at the siege of Potchefstroom.

Victoria Reginap. 16
Acknowledgementsp. 17
Chronologyp. 19
Biographiesp. 25
Prologuep. 35
Prelude to War, 1880p. 41
The Garrison at Potchefstroomp. 49
Proclamation of War: 3 December to Day 1 of the Siege, 15 December 1880p. 57
The Siege Begins in Earnest: 16 December 1880: Day 2p. 71
Major Clarke Surrenders the Landrost's Office: 17 and 18 December 1880: Days 3 and 4p. 82
Refuge in the Fort: 18 and 19 December 1880: Days 4 and 5p. 93
Order and Disorder: 19 and 20 December 1880: Days 5 and 6p. 102
The Search for Water: 21 December 1880: Day 7p. 108
Noel: 22 to 25 December 1880: Days 8 to 11p. 113
Ou Griet: The Boers' Secret Weapon: 26 December 1880 to 1 January 1881: Days 12 to 18p. 125
The Boers Attack the Magazine: 2 to 7 January 1881: Days 19 to 24p. 149
The Noose Tightens: 8 to 17 January 1881: Days 25 to 34p. 159
The Sortie: 18 to 23 January 1881: Days 35 to 40p. 169
Holding On: 24 January to 5 February 1881: Days 41 to 53p. 175
The Beginning of the End: 6 February to 3 March 1881: Days 54 to 79p. 185
The Final Crisis: 4 to 17 March 1881: Days 80 to 93p. 194
Cronje's Stratagem: 7 to 20 March 1881: Days 83 to 96p. 202
The End of the War: 21 to 23 March 1881: Days 97 to 99p. 212
The March Outp. 219
Epiloguep. 228
Select Bibliographyp. 234
Campaign Medalp. 239
Gun Ammunition Remaining at the End of the Siegep. 240
Boer Casualties at Potchefstroomp. 241
Roll of Casualties in the Fort at Potchefstroomp. 242
A Portrait of Potchefstroomp. 246
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9781853674372
ISBN-10: 1853674370
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 18th January 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.1 x 23.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54