Great Britain Military

Topics: Second Boer War, Redvers Buller, Battle of Colenso Pages: 2 (575 words) Published: August 24, 2008
Great Britain 1860 - 1910

During the time period of 1860-1910 Great Britain were involved in numerous wars for example The Boer war, The Battle of Atbara, The Battle of Omdurman, and The Zulu war.

The Boer war, 1899-1902 was a battle which took place in Africa. By the 1890’s British imperialists felt the two states obstructed complete British control of South Africa and threatened the security of the route to the East.

The British commander-in-chief, Buller, countered by splitting his forces and trying to raise all three sieges. This lead to three British defeats in the ‘Black week’ of December, at Stromberg, Magersfontein and Colenso.

The battle of Colenso was one of three British defeats that made up Black Week (Boer War). It came during the first attempt to relieve the siege of Ladysmith, ensured that the siege would go on into 1900 and saw Sir Redvers Buller replaced as commander in chief in South Africa.

The battle of Magersfontein was another one of the battles which took place the in the “Black Week”.

The defeats evoked outbursts of patriotism in Britain and determination to continue the war. Early in 1900 large reinforcements arrived from Britain and the empire, led by a new commander-in-chief, Lord Roberts, with Kitchener under him.

The degrading defeats resulted in a shake-up in military organization and thinking. Although Britain’s Navy prevented outside help from reaching the Boers, all Europe was hostile and British statesmen now realised the dangers of ‘Splendid isolation’

Britain was also involved in the Battle of Atbara in 1898. This battle was part of the second Sudan war. The battle proved to be the turning point in the conquest of Sudan by a British and Egyptian coalition.

The Zulu war began in January 1879. The battle had originated because of British adventurers were attracted to it in search of trade and treasure.Zulu war was also caused by British aggression.

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