Pen and Sword Books: Roberts and Kitchener in South Africa by Rodney Atwood

Roberts and Kitchener in South Africa
Roberts and Kitchener in South Africa (7 reviews)
1900-1902
by Rodney Atwood
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: British History Books
Hardback
272 pages
ISBN: 9781848844834
Published: 16 November 2011
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The British Army was shocked by three military defeats in a week in South Africa in late 1899. The commanding General Sir Redvers Buller lost his nerve. ‘Something must be done’ was the cry across the Empire. Britain sent forth not one, but two military heroes. Field Marshal Lord Roberts and Major General Lord Kitchener spent their first five weeks in South Africa restoring morale, reorganising their forces and deceiving the enemy as to their intentions. In the next four weeks their offensive transformed the war: Kimberley and Ladysmith were relieved from Boer sieges and an enemy force of 4000 under General Cronje was captured on the Modder River. A long and bitter guerrilla war ensured in a terrain ideally suited to fast-moving Boer commandoes. On the dark side, deeds were committed of which no civilised empire priding itself on justice and fair play could be proud. The comradeship-in-arms of Roberts and Kitchener, their differing yet complementary personalities, their strategic and tactical decisions are described and assessed using a wide variety of sources including, personal papers and official correspondence. By these men’s resourcefulness the British Army, despite its unpreparedness and poor leadership at many levels, won a remarkable victory in the first of the twentieth century ‘People’s Wars’.
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Atwood’s account of the Boer War, seen from the viewpoint of a high command that struggled with an inadequate general staff structure, serial incompetence in the field at officer level and disastrously bad intelligence, is... [read full review]
Fergus Nicoll
This is probably the finest account yet available of Britain's first 'modern' counterinsurgency.
David Benest
The Boer War in South Africa marked a turning point for the British Empire, nut this is not he tale of that campaign, rather the two men - Fd Marshal Roberts and Gen Kitchener -... [read full review]
Soldier magazine
Drawing on a good grasp of the relevant manuscript sources, this is an impressive and well-documented account of the Boer War that focuses on the role of Roberts and Kitchener in righting the disasters of... [read full review]
Historical Association
Drawing on a good grasp of the relevant manuscript sources, this is an impressive and well-documented account of the Boer War that focuses on the role of Roberts and Kitchener in righting the disasters of... [read full review]
Historical Association
This excellent history is not quite so restricted in time and geography as the title suggests and, whilst covering some of the battles in detail, is generally more concerned with presenting the interactions of U.K.... [read full review]
David Page, The Kipling Journal, March 2012
The British Army was shocked by three military defeats in a week in South Africa in late 1899. The commanding General Sir Redvers Buller lost his nerve. ‘Something must be done’ was the cry across... [read full review]
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About Rodney Atwood
Rodney Atwood BA PhD is a graduate of the McMaster University, Canada and Churchill College, Cambridge. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment before pursuing an academic career. While this is his first book with Pen and Sword, he is a published author. He is also a regular contributor to historical journals and a frequent lecturer.
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