Book review: Letters from Mafeking

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08 August 2019
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It’s one of those quirks of time that the passing of years relegates a conflict from common national engagement to academic study.

Author: Edward M Spiers

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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It’s one of those quirks of time that the passing of years relegates a conflict from common national engagement to academic study. The South African War of 1899, otherwise known as the Second Boer War, was just 120 years ago, but is scarcely recalled now. Makefing was the longest siege of that war, and made the name of Baden-Powell for its defence. This is a comprehensive look at the siege itself, the relief and the aftermath in Victorian Britain. It’s a little dull and academic but certainly worth a look.

 

• Frontline Books

 

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• ISBN 978-1-5267-1002-4

 

• 226 pages • Hardback • £19.99

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019

 

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