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Roberts, Lord Frederick Sleigh].
Proclamation. Boer War. Natal. [Broadside].
Ladysmith, South Africa: [No publisher] 1900. Proclamation offering an amnesty to all who have opposed Her Majesty's Troops in the field with the expectation of more lenient treatment than for those who remain fighting. Printed in both English and Dutch (not Afrikaans). Ladysmith, 1st May 1900, during the time Lord Roberts was Commander-in-Chief in South Africa. Broadside very lightly creased, very good condition, size 324x209mm. No record found in Worldcat of this broadside. Ladysmith, Natal, was besieged by the Boers during the 2nd Boer War 2 Nov. 1899 - 27 Feb. 1900 with ultimately a British victory, although previously having fought a disastrous battle at Ladysmith in which the British were driven back into the town with the loss of 1200 men. The siege lasted 118 days until reinforcements arrived. Towards the end of the siege the garrison and townsfold were living largely on their remaining draught oxen & horses. The Boers had captured the water supply & this lead to great hardship in the town with enteric fever & typhoid which claimed many lives. A young WINSTON CHURCHILL was present at the lifting of the siege & there was great celebration all across Europe. It represented a turning point in the war & by March Pretoria, the Boer Capital, was taken. One of many Proclamations issued during the Boer War and before the 'scorched earth' policy operated by Kitchener in phase three of the Boer War. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Offa's Dyke Books [LUDLOW, SALOP, United Kingdom]
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