By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
This two-volume background of counterinsurgency covers all of the significant and lots of of the lesser recognized examples of this common and enduring kind of clash, addressing some of the measures hired within the try to triumph over the insurgency and analyzing the contributors and agencies chargeable for every little thing from counterterrorism to infrastructure building.
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Hobhouse was particularly moved by the suffering of children, whose rising mortality rates could largely be attributed to disease and malnutrition. In a letter home, she described the death of an infant whose mother had fashioned a makeshift tent out of a strip of canvas to shield her sick child. “The mother,” Hobhouse wrote: sat on her little trunk, with the child across her knee. She had nothing to give it and the child was sinking fast. . There was nothing to be done and we watched the child draw its last breath in reverent silence.
Perceiving the British approach, the Boers commenced firing at a range exceeding 10,000 yards, but after discharging 16 rounds they blew up the gun while Grenfell’s men were still about 3,000 yards’ distance and retreated in a northeast direction. Grenfell, at a cost to himself of only two wounded, took 10 prisoners and 35 rounds of Long Tom ammunition. A thorough subsequent search of a farm at Bergvlei, near Berg Plaats, revealed a cache of 100,000 rounds of Martini-Henry ammunition, which Grenfell’s men destroyed.
I think you ought to be prepared for this. . I try all I can but it is not like the Soudan72 and disappointments are frequent. 73 By early November, the Boers had ceased to attack the railway lines as a consequence of the formidable protection offered by a combination of ubiquitous blockhouses, extensive wire fencing, and an enormous numbers of troops. Yet, as always, Kitchener’s frustrations continued: I wish I could find out some way of finishing the war; but it is really most difficult. We do all we can to capture the leaders but they are too well guarded to get them by surprise, and concentration of columns finds no one.
A History of Counterinsurgency [2 volumes] by Gregory Fremont-Barnes