Singlehurst, Peter.


Token Publishing, Honiton, Devon, 1st.ed., 2006. Ix + 184 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs (2 cold.) + a map. Pict. boards. 30 x 21cm. FINE. An account of Royal Navy operations both at sea and on shore alongside the British Army during the war in South Africa around the turn of the last century. The author describes the opening moves and early months of the conflict in 1899 with the Royal Navy patrolling South African waters and the role of the Channel Squadron. He then gives an overview of the actions of the Naval Brigade landed from ships to fight the Boers. Three brigades were formed : Cape Brigade, Ladysmith Brigade and the Natal Brigade. He examines events in Delagoa Bay in 1900 and the incidents surrounding the German mail steamers BUNDESRATH and HERZOG with an account of official German reaction following the stopping, boarding and capture of these German East African Line ships ' and the British response to that reaction which ensured that German ships would no longer carry contraband supplies to the enemy. There is also a chapter on British naval intelligence gathering, the role of the Naval Transport Service, and Royal Navy coastal operations between 1900 and 1902. These include operations off Kosi Bay, the Boer invasions of the Cape Colony, the loss of HMS SYBILLE, operations at Lambert's Bay and on the coast of the Western Cape, operations at Port Nolloth and the relief of O'okiep in April 1902, and the Royal Navy at St. Helena with its Boer prisoners of war. The book contains many photographs including views of ships that took part in the conflict, and the author provides a summary of ships stopped and examined by the Navy 1899-1900 ; and a summary of shipping companies providing chartered vessels to the Naval Transport Department 1899-1900. SCARCE.

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