Friday, 25 November 2022

Soldiers of the Queen (SOTQ) Issue 184: Boer War Special Issue

The Autumn 2022 issue of the Victorian Military Society's SOTQ (Soldiers of the Queen) arrived in the post a week ago, and as it is a special double issue, it has taken me longer than usual to read it. It follows on from the Boer War seminar that was held last May by the Society at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, and contains contributions from two of the people who made presentations to the seminar.

The articles included in this issue are:

  • Echoes from Elandslaagte: Leadership, Tactics and Historical Integrity in the South African War by Dr Harold E Raugh, Jr
  • Douglas Haig and the Boer War by Dr Keith Surridge
  • A Missing Victoria Cross: Lawrence Oates before Antarctica by Dr Andrew Winrow
  • Kitchener: A Hero with Clay Feet by Dr Anne Samson
  • Freddy Scholfield's South African Adventure by John Sly
  • The Ladysmith Diaries: The Siege 2 November 1899 to 1 March 1900 by Dr Roger E Salmon
  • Book Reviews by Dr Roger T Stearn and Dan Allen
  • Officers of the Victorian Military Society

SOTQ is always a good read, and there was plenty in this special issue that was of interest to me. I was particularly interested in Dr Salmon's article about Kitchener and Dr Surridge's study of Douglas Haig, and anyone who wants to restage the Siege of Ladysmith would do well to read Dr Salmon's article.

The cost of membership of the Victorian Military Society (UK: £25.00 and Overseas: £30.00) is well worth it.

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