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 […]Read More A walk along Spion Kop
The Commonwealth war graves section of Harare (Pioneer) cemetery is a small oasis of well-maintained calm inside a huge, semi-derelict civilian graveyard close to the slum of Mbare. I found it more by accident than design when in Zimbabwe for the recent elections. According to the CWGC website, the cemetery contains 259 identified casualties, 224 […]Read More Photos: Pioneer Cemetery, Harare
The opening engagement of the Anglo-Boer war was fought in this small town in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. It was a small but important battle that showed the British army how dangerous it was to scorn their enemy. Join me for a walk up Talana hill as I get some exercise and move in […]Read More A short walk up Talana Hill: First battle of the Anglo-Boer war
After the British were defeated at the battle of Isandlwana a few hundred survivors made a dash for the Buffalo River in an attempt to escape from the victorious Zulus. Take a walk with me as we explore that story and examine the terrain of the battlefield.Read More Video: Walking the Fugitive’s Trail at Isandlwana
I am fascinated by the Anglo-Zulu war but have always been confused about the reasons for it and why Britain invaded. In this short “5 minute history” I try to give an explanation as to why the war happened.Read More Video: Why did Britain invade Zululand?
This video looks at the battlefields of the Coastal column during the British invasion of Zululand. Nyezane, Eshowe and Gingindlovu are little known battles but fascinating and well worth a visit.Read More Video: A tour of the AZW battlefields of Nyezane, Gingindlovu and Eshowe
In the latest of my battlefield tour videos I take you for a walk around Rorke’s Drift and try to explain a little of the history.Read More Rorke’s Drift: A video tour of the battlefield
In this video Christian Parkinson gives a tour of the battlefield at Isandlwana, site of one of the British army’s worst and most well known defeats.Read More The battlefield of Isandlwana: A video tour