3554RE: [scottish_military] TAKE NOTICE - One of the last pure Highland charges........................................................
- Aug 8, 2008-----Original Message-----
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Mark Anderson : 07 August 2008 01:50 PM
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 its 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 dustcoverOrders: Po Box 11133 Blaauwbergrant Cape RSA 7443(Chqs made to M Anderson)dominique@... -27-21- 5576438wPayment direct : M Anderson FNB Tableview Branch 201 309 Acc 62190900110
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