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Past And Present Collide

Eric Dorn Brose

in The Kaiser's Army

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143355
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199872015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143355.003.0006
Past And Present Collide

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This chapter shows how the Boer War — the first struggle between Europeans in the new century — offered military observers many glimpses of combat in the modern era. The spade, one of the Boer's best weapons, served them well along the Tugela. Slit trenches were inadequate, however, as the hapless British learned on Spion Kop. Moreover, rapid-firing rifles and cannons, rendered virtually invisible by smokeless powder, concealment, and long distances, created a new kind of warfare that demanded innovative tactical responses. If more proof were needed, after St. Privat and Plevna, that stubborn traditionalism cost lives, here it was.

Keywords: Boer War; Germany Army; military; conservatism; traditionalism

Chapter.  10741 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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