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During the Boer War (1899–1902) the Boers preferred ambush to other methods of combat as it minimized casualties. They disliked hand-to-hand fighting, and their traditional method of attack was to lie in wait among the rocks on a kopje (hill), behind which their horses would be held ready. Noted marksmen, they also liked to fight on ground which had previously been studied and marked out for distance.
oil on panel
20.5 x 27 cm
purchased from Miss J. G. Wollen, 1967
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road Chelsea, London, Greater London SW3 4HT EnglandView venue
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