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Catalogue 43 Anglo-boer War #4233/2

Abbott (J.H.M.)

TOMMY CORNSTALK

Being some account of the less notable features of the South African War from the point of view of the Australian ranks

Published: London, 1902

Stock Number: #4233/2

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264 pages, 8vo (195 x 135 mm), original red cloth gilt, spine gilt and faded and starting to wear at the top and bottom of the spine, and at the front hinge, reinforced with tape, contents bright.. New impression

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography volume 1, page 2: An account of life at the front and in hospital, by an Australian trooper. Mention is made of the enormous weight of the equipment of the mounted men of the army in comparison with that carried by the Boers, and the opinion is expressed that though most of the things were absolutely necessary, pack horses should have been used to accompany the troops. It is stated that the Canadians were past masters in the art of " looting," and that in skilful military " verneuking " they almost excelled the Boers; the palm for skill in the field, however, is given to the New Zealanders, who are highly commended. There is a very comprehensive description of life in the hospitals, the red tape prevailing in Pretoria being humorously commented on, as well as the discomforts experienced by patients in that town. " The Boer," it is remarked, " is not such a bad fellow after all, but not a whit better than he should have been." The author maintains that the obvious lesson that Australians should learn from the war is that they should provide themselves with arms and ammunition, making the latter themselves, in case the " great war " should ever come to their own country.