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By William Bennett

The British military suffered one among its maximum crises whilst in December 1899 the Boer irregulars inflicted 3 reverses in South Africa in 'Black Week'. A kingdom grown conversant in good fortune was once surprised. a part of the reply was once a really British combination of patriotism and pragmatism. For the 1st time civilian volunteers and part-time infantrymen have been allowed to struggle in another country to the horror of traditionalist expert squaddies. but, through the top of the Boer struggle, nearly 90,000 males had volunteered to serve the colors. a lot of carrying excessive society joined the newly shaped Imperial Yeomanry. The Volunteers despatched squaddies to serve along the regulars and the town of London financed the elevating of the town Imperial Volunteers. males additionally got here ahead from the colonies. This publication tells the tale of those volunteer units.

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