Guide to Sieges of South Africa

Anglo-Boer Wars;Anglo-Zulu War; Frontier Wars; Basuto Wars

Nicki von der Heyde

17 sieges in South Africa over the last two centuries - historical context, military actions, challenges faced by soldiers and civilians. Maps, fascinating stories and visits to sites.
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
full color throughout; maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781775842019
Pages : 216
Dimensions : 8.25 X 5.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


A companion volume to the highly successful Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa, this features the pivotal sieges that characterised the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer wars in one volume. Accounts of 17 sieges over the last two centuries explore in detail the historical context in which they occurred, the day-to-day military actions that sustained the investments and the conditions both soldiers and civilians faced while defending their territory against a hostile force. The siege descriptions are animated by maps and a variety of information boxes and human-interest stories, gleaned from diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts, while longer features focus on the practical aspects of siege warfare, such as artillery, medicine, food, and the psychological effects of besiegement. The book also provides practical information for visitors who wish to explore these historical sites. A fascinating read that will appeal to anyone interested in the volatile history of the country – armchair historians and travellers alike.

About The Author

Author of Field Guide to Battlefields of South Africa, Nicki von der Heyde read History at the University of Cape Town.
She is a specialist battlefi elds tour operator, a Fellow of the Royal
Geographical Society and an honorary life member of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society.