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Is the De La Rey video historically accurate?

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  • gatita
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    1 decade ago
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    The Boer Wars was the name given to the South African Wars of 1880-1 and 1899-1902, that were fought between the British and the descendants of the Dutch settlers (Boers) in Africa. After the first Boer War William Gladstone granted the Boers self-government in the Transvaal.

    The Boers, under the leadership of Paul Kruger, resented the colonial policy of Joseph Chamberlain and Alfred Milner which they feared would deprive the Transvaal of its independence. After receiving military equipment from Germany, the Boers had a series of successes on the borders of Cape Colony and Natal between October 1899 and January 1900. Although the Boers only had 88,000 soldiers, led by the outstanding soldiers such as Louis Botha, and Jan Smuts, the Boers were able to successfully besiege the British garrisons at Ladysmith, Mafeking and Kimberley.

    Army reinforcements arrived in South Africa in 1900 and counter-offences relieved the garrisons and enabled the British to take control of the Boer capital, Pretoria, on 5th June. For the next two years groups of Boer commandos raided isolated British units in South Africa. Lord Kitchener, the Chief of Staff in South Africa, reacted to this by destroying Boer farms and moving civilians into concentration camps.

    The British action in South Africa was strongly opposed by many leading Liberal politicians and most of the Independent Labour Party as an example of the worst excesses of imperialism. The Boer War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging in May 1902. The peace settlement brought to an end the Transvaal and the Orange Free State as Boer republics. However, the British granted the Boers £3 million for restocking and repairing farm lands and promised eventual self-government (granted in 1907).

    Genl Koos de la Rey was an austere Boer general. He stands out as morally the most powerful and unyielding of t he generals. It was he who was to keep alight, in its purest form, the fierce flame of Afrikaner nationalism.

    He was the grandson of an immigrant from Holland who settled in Lichtenburg.

    Genl de la Rey was deeply religious and a small pocket Bible was rarely out of his hand.

    He had formidable looks. A long neatly trimmed brown beard, a high forehead with deep-set glowing eyes gave him at 52 a prematurely patriarchal appearance.

    When he spoke everybody listened and he is best remembered for his speech in parlaiment when he condemned Krugers war policy. He also said in parliament, looking Kruger straight in the eyes, that he will do his duty as the Raad (parlaiment) decides and that he will still be in the field long after Kruger and his party have left the country.

    Despite his opposition of Kruger he was appointed combat general to assist Piet Cronje.

    Koos de la Rey took part in the peace talks at Vereeniging.

    I believe that this a fairly accurate depiction of the sentiments and actions taken by the Boers during this time. The video represents the losses experienced by the Boers and hope and faith they placed on this leader.



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