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Guide to Sieges of South Africa

ISBN 
9781775842019
Format 
Paperback
Recommended Price 
R300.00
Published 
May 2017
About the book: 
In this companion volume to the highly successful Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa , the pivotal sieges that characterised the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer wars are brought together in one volume. Accounts of 17 sieges over the last two centuries explore in detail the historical context in which they occurred, the day-to-day military actions that sustained the investments and the conditions both soldiers and civilians faced while defending their territory against a hostile force.
 
The siege descriptions are animated by maps where possible, and a variety of information boxes and human-interest stories, gleaned mainly from diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts; long-form features focus on the practical aspects of siege warfare, such as artillery, medicine, food, and the psychological effects of besiegement. The book also provides practical information for visitors who wish to explore these historical sites.
 
A fascinating read that will appeal to anyone interested in the volatile history of the country – armchair historians and travellers alike.
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About the Author
Nicki von der Heyde read History at the University of Cape Town. Based in KwaZulu-Natal, she is a specialist battlefields tour operator, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an honorary life member of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society.

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