In today’s battlefield tour video, my father and I take a walk around Spionkop (Spioenkop), scene of the some of the heaviest fighting of the Anglo-Boer war.
It’s a fascinating battlefield, hardly changed since that short, sharp battle of January 1900. The battle was part of the disastrous campaign to relieve Ladysmith and push the Boers out of Natal.
This battle lives on in British culture as the name of many football stands across the country, the most famous being the Liverpool kop at Anfield. So if you watch the English Premier League and always wondered what the source of the name “Kop end” is then now you know.