Battlefield of Spion Kop (Boer War 1899 -1902)

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Battlefield of Spion Kop (Boer War 1899 -1902)

Postby SteveMc1958 » 30 Dec 2009 18:42

I finally got round again to adding some more of my photos that people may find of interest. As we are fast approaching the 110th Anniversary (23rd January), I thought these of Spion Kop might appropriate.

As I am sure readers will know, this was the scene a major defeat for the British forces attempting to break the siege of, Ladysmith. Having successfully captured the hill in a night attack, the attackers found themselves subject to highly accurate cross-fire from Boer artillery placed on the adjacent hills (some of which can be seen in the background of a couple of the photos). Unable effectively to entrench in rock-hard ground, and without realistic means of resupply, that captured Kop became a killing ground.

Many of those who died - and are still there, in the scrabbled shallow trenches that became their massed graves - were from the Lancashiers - the single-tier stand at Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club, was named "Spion Kop" in their honour.
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The British mass grave - a shallow trench at the time of the battle.
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The British Mass grave from the other direction note the surrounding hills in the background
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Woodgate memorial.jpg
Memorial to Maj Gen Woodgate - note again the hill in the background from which Boer fire was directed
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Some of the memorials from just below the summit.
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Spion Kop.jpg
Spion Kop - some of the many memorials can just be seen on the summit
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Re: Battlefield of Spion Kop (Boer War 1899 -1902)

Postby Darrell » 06 Jan 2010 20:46

Great pictures. Please post more if you have any :D
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