The Anglo-Boer War Philatelic Society


"The Boer Clean Sweep."

On 10.Dec.99 at Stormberg, near Colesberg, Gatacre attempted a night action; he became lost and withdrew, forgetting over 600 officers and men, who were forced to surrender.

On the night of 11.Dec.99 Methuen sent the Highland Brigade ahead under Maj-Gen Andrew Wauchope ready for a dawn attack on the Boer lines at Magersfontein Hill, 14 miles south of Kimberley. They were still marching in close order when the Boers opened fire and decimated them.

On 15.Dec.99 at Colenso, 12 miles south of Ladysmith, Buller launched a frontal attack in broad daylight on the Boers entrenched on the opposite bank of the river Tugela. He was repulsed as smartly as Methuen and Gatacre had been.

Cartoon by Arth. Thiele; no publisher's inscription but probably by Kunzli Frères, Paris.