I am over at Charles F French’s fabulous blog today with a post about the South African Concentration Camps that feature in my new book, A Ghost and His Gold. It is finally on Amazon as a paperback. Charles has some great supernatural books as well as books about writing so do have a look around while you are there.
South African Concentration Camps
Following the British defeat of the Boers at Diamond Hill near Pretoria on the 12th of June 1900, the Transvaal officers (Boers) held a war council meeting at Balmoral where a new policy of guerrilla warfare tactics was accepted.
In response to the new methods introduced by the Boers, Lord Kitchener devised a scorched-earth policy against the Boer commandos and the rural population who supported them. Kitchener’s countertactics involved destroying arms, blockading the countryside, burning farms, and placing the civilian population in concentration camps.
The destruction of the farms left the women and children without shelter, food or protection from individuals and groups who roamed the veld looking for unprotected targets.
The British were forced to build concentration camps to house and feed these refugees. At least 40 camps were constructed to house approximately 150,000 Boer refugees and another 60 camps to house…
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