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By Timothy J. Stapleton

An army background of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the tip of Apartheid represents the 1st complete army background of South Africa from the start of eu colonization within the Cape through the 1650s to the present postapartheid republic. With specific emphasis at the final 2 hundred years, this balanced research stresses the old value of conflict and army buildings within the shaping of recent South African society. very important subject matters contain army model throughout the technique of colonial conquest and African resistance, the expansion of South Africa as a local army energy from the early twentieth century, and South African involvement in conflicts of the decolonization period. geared up chronologically, each one bankruptcy reports the most important conflicts, rules, and armed forces problems with a particular interval in South African heritage. assurance comprises the wars of colonial conquest (1830-69), the diamond wars (1869-81), the gold wars (1886-1910), global Wars I and II (1910-45), and the apartheid wars (1948-94).

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Annexations, Rebellions, and Conventions (1848–53) During the 1840s the British extended political and military control over some of the Boers who had left the Cape. In 1843 the British occupied the Republic of Natalia, which then became the Colony of Natal, because an independent Boer state on the coast directly threatened British strategic naval interests and missionaries had warned that Boer raids westward against the Bhaca and Mpondo could eventually destabilize the Cape’s eastern frontier.

However, the Zulu were well prepared and set an ambush. On April 10, Uys’s commando tried to capture a herd of cattle but realized too late that they had been caught in a trap as several Zulu regiments emerged from concealed positions and attempted to surround them. Potgieter and his men, who had been cautious and did not take the bait, fled the area. Uys’s Boer horsemen employed their usual fire and movement drills together with sudden changes in direction to try to break out but the Zulu were too close and too many.

In turn, late that month some Xhosa launched retaliatory stock raids into the colony and many surprised settlers took refuge at frontier towns such as Fort Beaufort, Grahamstown, Bathurst, and Salem where they built barricades and fortified stone churches. Further west, the Boers formed laagers and one of these was attacked by Xhosa on eight successive nights. The Xhosa chiefs gave orders that the missionaries living among their people were not to be harmed. 22 A Military History of South Africa These Xhosa raids were quickly portrayed, by British colonial officials and the settler press, as a massive and an unprovoked invasion of the colony.

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