Foreword

Since the start of the Anglo-Boer War today 120 years ago thousands of publications, written or typed reports and other creations have been produced to narrate the war events, express opinions on its origins, causes, course, results and legacy and on participants in the struggle. This process is ongoing, since the debate amongst both professional historians and interested amateurs on exactly what happened and why is still raging and new information on the war still crops up. The history of the Anglo-Boer War is truly a neverending discourse.

As the author of a number of books on the war, I have consulted hundreds of both published and unpublished sources. Some were of limited value, but a small percentage of the published books were of such high value that they formed part of a small stack of books that found a permanent home on my desktop while I was in the writing process. Pieter Cloete’s The Anglo-Boer War – A Chronology, both the original English version and the enlarged Afrikaans version published in 2010, was always part of that stack. It is to me a privilege to write a foreword for the user-friendly and meticulously researched book. It not only contains a wealth of information but a detailed source list and an extensive index. There are few, if any, more helpful reference books on the war and thus represents an essential resource to anyone with a more than superficial interest in the Anglo-Boer War.

Dr Jackie Grobler
Historian and author
Recently retired after 40 years at the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, The University of Pretoria.

Previous publications

“THE ANGLO-BOER WAR – A CHRONOLOGY” by Pieter G Cloete
First English version published by JP van der Walt, Pretoria, 2000
ISBN 0 7993 2632 1

The Boer War from all angles.

“The flood of Boer War books continues unabated. Many are opportunistic rehashes of familiar works. One, however, stands out: THE ANGLO-BOER WAR – A CHRONOLOGY by Pieter G Cloete is original and enterprising. The author has invested enormous energy in a literally day-by-day account of the course of the war (and a necessarily more cursory look at the year preceding its outbreak). For each day he tells us anything of relevance that occurred in each theatre of war as well as in Britain, Portuguese East Africa, St Helena or wherever. For Cloete this has clearly been a labour of love. The meticulous footnoting and cross-referencing give gravitas to a book that, enlivened by extracts from documents of the time, is also fascinating for the general reader to dip into. It reads almost as a diary and it is this novel approach that lifts A CHRONOLOGY out of the ordinary. This is a book to buy and enjoy.”

Betty Welz THE CITIZEN

Highly recommended account of the Anglo-Boer War.

“The title of this book suggests a boring list of events. Quite to the contrary, it is a thorough, well-conceived and highly readable account. It is thorough. Primary sources were not used because that was not necessary for the author’s purpose of compiling a day-to-day record of the run-up to the war, the war itself and its aftermath. However, secondary sources were used to good effect to secure a really comprehensive report... The day-by-day detailed account of events could have resulted in a hopeless jumble. The author obviated this danger by his well-conceived strategy of grouping events under regional, campaign and other headings, so it is easy to follow a particular thread, while not losing sight of synchronous developments. The chronicle is enlivened by the use of the present tense; the inclusion of many portraits; the judicious use of quotations from a variety of sources and the inclusion of ‘trivia’, designed to provide a wider perspective... I have been very critical of many recent Boer War publications. This is one I can recommend.”

John Bojé PRETORIA NEWS

The publication is unique in that is the first comprehensive attempt in the 100 years since the outbreak of the war to provide a full chronological exposition of hostilities and related matters. The book relates the political and military events of the Anglo-Boer War in a strict chronological order, with diary type entries. It is carefully researched and provides a wealth of easily accessible detail to the specialist, as well as to the general reader.”