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Deneys Reitz was 17 when the Anglo-Boer War broke out in 1899. Reitz describes that he had no hatred of the British people, but "as a South African, one had to fight for one's country."

Reitz had learned to ride, shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk, and the skills and endurance he had acquired during those years were to be made full use of during the war. He fought with different Boer Commandos, where each Commando consisted mainly of farmers on horseback, using their own horses and guns.

Commando describes the tumult through the eyes of a warrior in the saddle. Reitz was fortunate to be present at nearly every one of the major battles of the war.

Commando is a straightforward narrative that describes an extraordinary adventure and brings us a vivid, unforgettable picture of mobile guerrilla warfare, especially later in the war as General Smuts and men like Reitz fought on, braving heat, cold, rain, lack of food, clothing and boots, tiring horses.

322 Pages, PDF format. Download link will be immediately available after checkout.  

File size: 13.3 MB

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Bryan Barkhuizen
Commando: A Boer Journal Of The Boer War - Deneys Reitz

Excellent reading, especially from a South African perspective, so many familiar names & places with historical significance. A new higher level of respect was instilled as I gained insight & understanding into the lives of the Boer soldiers of the time, their hardships, courage and also as why the war was lost.

Peter de Jong
A Boer Journal of the Boer War

Very interesting a good read .

Eddie Wesselo
Deneys Reitz

A very comprehensive and interesting book - thank you.


What a great read. An expose of how war used to be fought. Hard but with respect for the enemy. I had not thought of the Boer War in those terms before

Mike Odendaal

Very informative excellent reading material


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