Town in northern Natal, besieged by Afrikaner forces during the second Anglo‐Boer War. Ladysmith became the main British military supply base in Natal in 1897. When the Boers advanced into the colony at the outbreak of war in 1899 the British commander, Sir George White, was heavily defeated and found himself surrounded in Ladysmith. Fortunately for White, the Boer commander, Joubert, did not exploit his success and the town was relieved at the end of February 1900.
Subjects: British History — World History.