In the first months of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the British suffered a series of catastrophic defeats. In response the British initiated an audacious manoeuvre to outflank the Boer army which sat astride the route to the besieged town of Kimberley. The move culminated in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war, the Battle of Paardeberg. Would it be the British or the Boers who prevailed?
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Many British regiments saw action in Devil's Wood during the long summer of 1916, but Delville Wood has a particular resonance for South Africans. For them it is the most famous battle they fought in the Great War. For six days, in that little woodland in France, the South Africans stood firm against the dogged determination of three German divisions not to give up the wood – a determination reinforced by the order that the enemy was not to advance except over corpses. As a consequence, of the 3,153 South Africans that went into Delville Wood, on 14th July 1916, only 755 came out six days later. This will be the story of the men who took part in “the bloodiest hell of 1916”.
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I also plan to write novels about:
Bloody Sunday, Irish War of Independence (November 1920)
Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, Anglo-Zulu War (January 1879)
Battle of Nicopolis, Crusade of Nicopolis (September 1396)
Battle of Texel, French Revolutionary Wars (January 1795)