The Boer War-
Sometimes called the Anglo-
The war was the last great Victorian Imperial war. In some ways it was the last 19th century war fought with cavalry but it employed the tactics and methods of c20th warfare. When a people take up a fight against a mighty power and turns to guerrilla warfare as in Vietnam, that was the Boer war, when a great power finds itself being run ragged by a small nation, as in Afghanistan, that was the Boer War. When a mighty power rounds up its civilian population and incarcerates them in disease ridden concentration camps that was the Boer War. When foot soldiers advance under a creeping barrage towards an enemy dug into well defended trenches, think of the Boer War. When a civilian population has its homes looted and burnt to the ground by soldiers who then slit the necks of the farm animals then think of the Boer War. In many ways the Boer War was a portent of things to come in the c20th century.
The war when it broke out in 1899 was probably inevitable, the result of a clash of cultures-
The war was Britain's last great expansionist imperial war-
Background Events and Causes
The Main Events