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A Most Promising Corps: Citizen Soldiers in Colonial Queensland 1860-1903
Ginn, Geoff; Davies, Hilary; Rough, Brian
ISBN: 9780646534619
Colonial Forces Study Group (Queensland)  2010 
 Hard Cover New book, 300 pages. An estimated 20,000 citizens undertook some form of military service in Queensland between 1860 and 1903. These citizen soldiers were called out for active service a number of times during the nineteenth century; during the 'Bread Riots' of 1866,the Russian war scares of 1878 and 1885, the annexation of New Guinea in 1884, and the shearer's strikes of 1891 and 1894. Defence Force personnel assisted rescue operations during the 1893 floods, and many served with the Queensland contingents to South Africa from 1899 to 1902. This book emerged from an ongoing historical research project to document the role and contribution of citizen military forces in colonial Queensland and, for the first time, gives detailed attention to the local and social element of their story.  As New/As New
Price: $39.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004886  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Absent-Minded Beggars: Yeomanry and Volunteers in the Boer War
Bennett, Will;Bennett, William
ISBN: 085052685X
Leo Cooper United Kingdom 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, 260 pages. The British Empire suffered one of its greatest crises as the 19th century ended. In December 1899 the Boers inflicted three reverses on the regular British Army in South Africa in 'Black Week'. A nation grown accustomed to succes was stunned. Part of the answer was a very British blend of patriotism and pragmatism. For the first time civilian volunteers were allowed to fight overseas, sparking a popular frenzy. The main rush to join up came as the new century dawned and, by the end of the Boer War, more than 90,000 men had volunteered to serve. Much of the sporting high society joined the newly formed Imperial Yeomanry. These volunteer unit were sent to South Africa amid a wave of jingoistic enthusiasm with little training, and as the book describes, their contribution to Britain's war effort ranged from the heroic to the farcical.  As New/As New
Price: $69.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003731  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Boer Commando 1876-1902
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 9781841766485
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2004 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR086. Their lifestyle of hunting for sport and profit honed the Boers' skills of field-craft, horsemanship, and marksmanship, making them a formidable force in the field and well suited to guerrilla operations. This book describes the life and combat experiences of a typical Boer in this key period. Using meticulously researched analysis and comment, and the experiences of a composite character, Johannes de Bruyn, a revealing portrait of Boer life and military operations is drawn. The actions at Laing's Neck, Majuba, the Zulu Civil War and the Second Anglo-Boer War are covered in this packed and informative treatment.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005389  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Brisbane at War 1899-1918
Shaw, Barry
ISBN: 9781925522648
Brisbane History Group  2017 
 Soft Cover New book, 242 pages. Brisbane at War 1899-1918 is the Brisbane History Groupís twenty-sixth volume of papers. In total there are eleven chapters. All were mostly delivered at BHG functions. Two are from a seminar entitled 'For Queen and Empire: Queensland and the South African War 1899-1902' held on 26 May 2012 and seven were delivered at our seminars 'Brisbane and World War I' held on 6 September 2014 and 3 October 2015. An additional two papers were delivered elsewhere. Written by amateurs, professionals and academics, the chapters offer a diverse range of subjects. Themes include: The importance of military medicine during the Second South African War; the Dutch attitudes and responses to the Boers and British and their decision to adopt a 'neutral' position; the story of the twelve Brisbane Grammar School old boys who fought in the Second South African War and World War I; the increasing activity at the Port of Brisbane as troops embarked for Europe and German raiders ventured into the Pacific; the underage enlistees, their motives, their experiences, their fate and the aftermath; the paediatricians and paediatric nurses who readily volunteered for duty in World War I; the formation of the Womenís Peace Army and its 'war against war' and conscription; the influences on Canon John Garland and his design for the Anzac Day service; the sorry saga of the Clark Memorial Windows at St Johnís Cathedral; the response of Brisbane theatre to the changing attitudes of audiences in World War I; the opportunities to display patriotism in a range of different performances.  As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008953  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Brisbane at War 1899-1918
Shaw, Barry
ISBN: 9781925522648
Brisbane History Group  2017 
 Soft Cover New book, 242 pages. Brisbane at War 1899-1918 is the Brisbane History Groupís twenty-sixth volume of papers. In total there are eleven chapters. All were mostly delivered at BHG functions. Two are from a seminar entitled 'For Queen and Empire: Queensland and the South African War 1899-1902' held on 26 May 2012 and seven were delivered at our seminars 'Brisbane and World War I' held on 6 September 2014 and 3 October 2015. An additional two papers were delivered elsewhere. Written by amateurs, professionals and academics, the chapters offer a diverse range of subjects. Themes include: The importance of military medicine during the Second South African War; the Dutch attitudes and responses to the Boers and British and their decision to adopt a 'neutral' position; the story of the twelve Brisbane Grammar School old boys who fought in the Second South African War and World War I; the increasing activity at the Port of Brisbane as troops embarked for Europe and German raiders ventured into the Pacific; the underage enlistees, their motives, their experiences, their fate and the aftermath; the paediatricians and paediatric nurses who readily volunteered for duty in World War I; the formation of the Womenís Peace Army and its 'war against war' and conscription; the influences on Canon John Garland and his design for the Anzac Day service; the sorry saga of the Clark Memorial Windows at St Johnís Cathedral; the response of Brisbane theatre to the changing attitudes of audiences in World War I; the opportunities to display patriotism in a range of different performances.  As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008954  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Brisbane at War 1899-1918
Shaw, Barry
ISBN: 9781925522648
Brisbane History Group  2017 
 Soft Cover New book, 242 pages. Brisbane at War 1899-1918 is the Brisbane History Groupís twenty-sixth volume of papers. In total there are eleven chapters. All were mostly delivered at BHG functions. Two are from a seminar entitled 'For Queen and Empire: Queensland and the South African War 1899-1902' held on 26 May 2012 and seven were delivered at our seminars 'Brisbane and World War I' held on 6 September 2014 and 3 October 2015. An additional two papers were delivered elsewhere. Written by amateurs, professionals and academics, the chapters offer a diverse range of subjects. Themes include: The importance of military medicine during the Second South African War; the Dutch attitudes and responses to the Boers and British and their decision to adopt a 'neutral' position; the story of the twelve Brisbane Grammar School old boys who fought in the Second South African War and World War I; the increasing activity at the Port of Brisbane as troops embarked for Europe and German raiders ventured into the Pacific; the underage enlistees, their motives, their experiences, their fate and the aftermath; the paediatricians and paediatric nurses who readily volunteered for duty in World War I; the formation of the Womenís Peace Army and its 'war against war' and conscription; the influences on Canon John Garland and his design for the Anzac Day service; the sorry saga of the Clark Memorial Windows at St Johnís Cathedral; the response of Brisbane theatre to the changing attitudes of audiences in World War I; the opportunities to display patriotism in a range of different performances.  As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008955  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Brisbane at War 1899-1918
Shaw, Barry
ISBN: 9781925522648
Brisbane History Group  2017 
 Soft Cover New book, 242 pages. Brisbane at War 1899-1918 is the Brisbane History Groupís twenty-sixth volume of papers. In total there are eleven chapters. All were mostly delivered at BHG functions. Two are from a seminar entitled 'For Queen and Empire: Queensland and the South African War 1899-1902' held on 26 May 2012 and seven were delivered at our seminars 'Brisbane and World War I' held on 6 September 2014 and 3 October 2015. An additional two papers were delivered elsewhere. Written by amateurs, professionals and academics, the chapters offer a diverse range of subjects. Themes include: The importance of military medicine during the Second South African War; the Dutch attitudes and responses to the Boers and British and their decision to adopt a 'neutral' position; the story of the twelve Brisbane Grammar School old boys who fought in the Second South African War and World War I; the increasing activity at the Port of Brisbane as troops embarked for Europe and German raiders ventured into the Pacific; the underage enlistees, their motives, their experiences, their fate and the aftermath; the paediatricians and paediatric nurses who readily volunteered for duty in World War I; the formation of the Womenís Peace Army and its 'war against war' and conscription; the influences on Canon John Garland and his design for the Anzac Day service; the sorry saga of the Clark Memorial Windows at St Johnís Cathedral; the response of Brisbane theatre to the changing attitudes of audiences in World War I; the opportunities to display patriotism in a range of different performances.  As New
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008956  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Colenso 1899: The Boer War In Natal
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 9781855324664
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1995 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM038. In 1899 Great Britain was at the height of its Imperial power. The Queen Empress had been on the throne for more than 50 glittering years, and her domain touched upon every continent. Yet, even at this pinnacle of Imperial pomp and majesty, the British army, guardian of the Empire in countless wars across the globe, was destined to be humiliated by poorly-organised citizen militia consisting of men whom the British professionals despised as back-wood farmers. In one week in December 1899 the farmers of the South African Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal inflicted three serious reverses on British troops.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007289  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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In the Ranks of the C.I.V
Childers, Erskine
ISBN: 1862270538
Spellmount Ltd Pub United Kingdom 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, 301 pages. This book is a remarkable history in a number of repects. For one thing, it is an account of a Victorian military campaigner written by a man in the ranks, at a time when such accounts were still a rarity. Although it was something of a literary convention in the late nineteenth century for retired officers in the army and navy to write their memoirs, it was unusual for ordinary soldiers to do so. This is his personal diary of service in the Orange Free State and Transvaal at the end of the conventional war - and beginning of guerrilla operations.  As New/Very Good
Price: $35.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003237  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Boer War Generals
Trew, Peter
ISBN: 0905778677
Wrens Park London 2001 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 274 pages, 30 photos, 14 maps, and a chronology of the war. This book is an in depth study of the principle commanders on both sides, in a conflict that was both the last gentlemens war, and the first modern one. The authors detailed narrative examines each personality seperately, highlighting the differences between the command styles of the professional British generals, and the natural ingenuity of the 'amateur' Boers.  As New/Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000169  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Boer War Generals
Trew, Peter
ISBN: 0905778677
Wrens Park London 2001 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 274 pages, 30 photos, 14 maps, and a chronology of the war. This book is an in depth study of the principle commanders on both sides, in a conflict that was both the last gentlemens war, and the first modern one. The authors detailed narrative examines each personality seperately, highlighting the differences between the command styles of the professional British generals, and the natural ingenuity of the 'amateur' Boers.  As New/Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000168  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Boer War: 1899-1902
Fremont-Barnes, Gregory
ISBN: 9781841763965
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 95 pages, ESS052. dozens of photos and maps. Victorious in its previous campaigns in Africa against native armies, Britain now confronted an altogether different foe. The Boers proved to be formidable opponents, masterfully compensating for inferior numbers with grim determination, resourcefulness and strong religious faith. Their mobility, expert use of cover, and knowledge of the terrain, in which they employed powerful long-range magazine rifles, gave them initial advantages. By contrast the British suffered from inadequate transport, insufficient mounted troops and poor intelligence. Despite marshalling the immense resources of their empire, the British were to be severely tested in a war which one general described as Ďthe graveyard of many a soldierís reputationí.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006006  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Boer Wars (1) 1836-1898
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 1855326124
Osprey Pub Co  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA301. Over the space of two centuries, the original Dutch settlers of South Africa, augmented by a trickle of refugees from a succession of religious wars in France and Germany, grew into a hardy breed. In time, these people came to think of themselves as white Africans or 'Afrikaners' though they were generally known to one another, and outsiders, as 'Boers', meaning farmers. This book details the fascinating history of the Boers from the 'Great Trek' of 1836-40, through theirr many wars with such peoples as the Zulus and the Pedi, to their final defeat of the Venda in 1898. Covers: The Trekker-Ndebele War 1836, The Natal Adventure 1837-42, The British Reaction, The Boer-BaSotho Wars, The Conquest of the Transvaal, The 1881 Transvaal War, The Final Subjugation of the Transvaal.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006900  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Boer Wars (1) 1836-1898
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 1855326124
Osprey Pub Co  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA301. Over the space of two centuries, the original Dutch settlers of South Africa, augmented by a trickle of refugees from a succession of religious wars in France and Germany, grew into a hardy breed. In time, these people came to think of themselves as white Africans or 'Afrikaners' though they were generally known to one another, and outsiders, as 'Boers', meaning farmers. This book details the fascinating history of the Boers from the 'Great Trek' of 1836-40, through theirr many wars with such peoples as the Zulus and the Pedi, to their final defeat of the Venda in 1898. Covers: The Trekker-Ndebele War 1836, The Natal Adventure 1837-42, The British Reaction, The Boer-BaSotho Wars, The Conquest of the Transvaal, The 1881 Transvaal War, The Final Subjugation of the Transvaal.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006901  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Boer Wars (2) 1898-1902
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 1855326132
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1997 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA303. On 11 October 1899 the Second Boer War between the British and the Boers began. The war saw the most powerful professional army in the world pitted against the unconventional tactics of the undisciplined Boers. Although the Boers were finally forced to surrender in May 1902 the war had taken its toll on their opponents who lost some 8,000 troops killed in action with a further 13,000 dying from disease. This book covers the organisation, uniforms and very different tactics involved in the conflict, from guerrilla warfare to a final war of attrition that the Boers could not hope to win. Covers: Boer Forces in 1899, The British Army in 1899, Tactical Differences, The Conventional War, The British Army 1900-1901, Boer Forces 1900-1902, The Myth of the 'White Man's War', The Bitter End.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007624  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Great Boer War
Farwell, Byron
ISBN: 9781848840140
Pen & Sword  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 495 pages. The Great Boer War (1899 - 1902) - more properly the Great Anglo-Boer War - was one of the last romantic wars, pitting a sturdy, stubborn pioneer people fighting to establish the independence of their tiny nation against the British Empire at its peak of power and self-confidence. It was fought in the barren vastness of the South African veldt, and it produced in almost equal measure extraordinary feats of personal heroism, unbelievable examples of folly and stupidity, and many incidents of humour and tragedy. Byron Farwell traces the war's origins, the slow mounting of the British efforts to overthrow the Afrikaners, the bungling and bickering of the British command, the remarkable series of bloody battles that almost consistently ended in victory for the Boers over the much more numerous British forces, political developments in London and Pretoria, the sieges of Ladysmith, Mafeking and Kimberley, the concentration camps into which Boer families were herded and the exhausting guerrilla warfare of the last few years when the Boer armies were finally driven from the field.  As New
Price: $48.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005512  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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