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3554RE: [scottish_military] TAKE NOTICE - One of the last pure Highland charges........................................................

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  • Mark Anderson
    Aug 8, 2008
       
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      From: scottish_military@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scottish_military@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of  Mark Anderson : 07 August 2008 01:50 PM
      To: scottish_military@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [scottish_military] TAKE NOTICE -

        
       
       The Battle at Blaauwberg – over 200 years ago………….
       

      When Cape Town was at  the hinge of the future of the war between Britain and Napoleon 200 years ago…… a massive fleet stood out from Cork in Ireland to  the Cape to attack the brave and indominatable General Jannsens in command of the squat, brooding big stone Castle at the foot of Table Mountain. The General had a hunch that the British might come……………..they had come once before a decade ago, with promises of friendship, letters from the exiled Dutch King, and more and more talk…..and then they used armed force against the Dutch. And then had left some years later, sailed away. If they came again he would fight them like his master Napoleon wanted………
       

      “Blue Berg” - Britain takes the Cape.
       
      The Battle, the second and final British armed attack on the Cape of Good Hope,  wrested British control of the southern tip of Africa from the French, in order to control  trade to India, China, and hold Australia and the route to Spanish South America, is brought to life vigorously by Mark Anderson in this beautifully produced hardcover book, with 20 illustrations.
       
      The book covers the causes and events leading up to the battle, as well as personalities, and puts the battle in it’s Napoleonic War context. The book, written as a tale rather than  dry, didactic history, brings ancient Cape Town to life  as the author describes the confused international wartime strategies, describes the colourful personalities and little settlement at the foot of Table Mountain staggering into existence from early days, and then becoming involved in a heady contest of international nations, power hungry personalities, and ending in a stunning description of the Highlanders(  the kilted 93rd,   72nd and 71st- sister regts to the 74th Regt) charging the thin, long Blue Batavian line spread out over the hot South Africa sands. English, Indian, Javanese, Gaelic,  Dutch, Hungarian, German, African, Hottentot, Scottish, French, Madagascan, Malay, and a new born language Afrikaans,  would be heard in amongst  the cannon, muskets, oaths and battlefield screams………read on,  for as the melee ends viciously on the blood stained Blaauwberg sands, Janssens flees the Battlefield leaving hundreds dead and wounded…. he and his army to take refuge in the heady natural fortress line of the Hottentots Holland Mountains……………………………………..
       
      “Blue Berg – Britain Takes the Cape ”   -   207 pages of action packed history. Available in threadsewn hardback with dustcover
       
      Orders:  Po Box 11133 Blaauwbergrant Cape RSA 7443(Chqs made to M Anderson)
       
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      Payment direct :  M Anderson  FNB  Tableview Branch 201 309 Acc 62190900110
       

      International Prices and  Postage ( Net prices)
      @Hardback -Surface   Mail                      £25  / $50  :            Air  £30 / $60
      @Leather bound & one Colour Print- Surface Mail   £50 /  $100:Air  £60/  $120
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