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Blacks Who Backed The Boers: Republican Commando Auxiliaries In The Anglo-Boer Or South African War, 1899–1902

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Interviewed many decades after the end of the South African War in 1902, a Boer Republican commando oudstryder (veteran) named Klasie Grobler showed that he knew something about the fidelity of war memory. In rising against British overrule in the anti-imperial Transvaal Rebellion, or First Anglo-Boer War of 1880-1881, the resisting Boers tried to widen the war by doing "their best to entice the Swazi into joining them," but British border authorities leaned on chiefs to keep the peace. At the outbreak of the South African War (1899-1902), about one-fourth of one commando raised in the Orange Free State district of Bethlehem was identified as Coloured men.

Keywords: Anglo-Boer War; Boer Republican commando; Klasie Grobler; South African War (1899-1902)

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