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      • One more example, from 1912:  
      • April 1944 example as Führer of the 6. Armee, i.V. of Karl-Adolf Hollidt.  
      • “Hussars and Lancers had a narrow escape during the morning. They were out reconnoitring and were caught between 3 hills when the Boers poured in volley after volley amongst them.   The men galloped for all they were worth and got off with the loss of 5 men killed, 20 wounded and 30 horses killed. Hussars set fire to Pepworth’s homestead which the Boers had used for Com. Stores. Heavy shelling from Umbulwana.   One shell fell close to me as I was returning from a bathe in the river.” Boer Campaign Notes taken by A J Crosby (Natal Carbineer), published by Ladysmith Historical Society.
      • After the battle of Graspan/ Enslin, Veg-Gen J H de la Rey established his next defensive position at the confluence of the Riet and Modder Rivers. The British force marching north under Lt-Gen Lord Methuen to relieve Kimberley started to attack on the morning of 28 November 1899.   The 1st Infantry (Guards) brigade under Lt-Gen Sir H E Colvile attacked the left flank of the Boers but was held all day. Maj-Gen R Pole-Carew’s 9th Infantry brigade advanced along the line of rail and also came under  heavy fire, but two companies of the 1st The Royal North Lancashire regiment managed to cross the Riet River to Rosmead. This village was evacuated and more troops crossed the river. Pole-Carew’s attempts to advance on Modder River Station, were, however, thwarted at Fraser’s Farm and he consolidated that night at Rosmead.    BATTLE OF MODDER RIVER CONTEMPORARY STYLIZED ILLUSTRATION IN BRITISH PRESS Advancing the following morning, the British found that Boer forces had evacuated their positions during the  night. The British had lost 70 and 413 wounded whilst Boer losses are estimated at some 60 killed. Although the battle is described as that of Modder River, the action, in fact, took place along the Riet River; to Afrikaans historians it is the battle of Tweeriviere. After the battle Methuen halted at the Modder River to repair the  bridge and bring up supplies; a temporary bridge was finished by 10 December.   The losses of the 1st Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at Modder River were greater than any of the other battalions engaged: 20 men killed or died of wounds and 2 0fficers and 76 men wounded.
      • The day after the successful attacks at Belmont, the Armoured Reconnaisance Train of Methuen’s force was fired on from the kopjes at Graspan. In these hills, to the north of Belmont, it was estimated that there were 400 Boers with two artillery pieces. This force needed to be neutralized and Lord Methuen ordered the 9th Brigade to assault the positions in the early morning of 25.11.1900.   The honour of leading the attack was given  to the Naval Brigade. The major kopje at Graspan, on which there were actually 2000 Boers and five guns, was a natural fortress that gave the Boer force an excellent opportunity to delay and reduce Methuen’s advancing forces. The only weak spot of the kopje was on the eastern side: at this point the Naval Brigade attacked, supported by the Yorkshire Light Infantry and two Companies of the Royal North Lancashires.   The Northumberland Fusiliers and  Northamptons assaulted the front of the kopje and further support came from the Naval guns and 75th and 18th Batteries R.F.A., who pounded the top of the kopje as the British forces approached it. As they came under fire, the British troops dropped down and commenced disciplined skirmishing towards it.  Alternatively firing and rushing 50-60 yards, they steadily advanced but the Boer fire had been so withering that by the time the Naval Brigade (55 Bluejackets and 190 Marines) had made it to the foot of the kopje, nearly  half their number had been felled. The Royal North Lancashires and Yorkshires supported each other in a perilous climb and the remainder of the Naval Brigade hauled themselves up the steep face.   They cleared the position but once again the Boers slipped away and made their retreat down the back of the hill.The assault on the position was summarised by The Times historian: ‘rarely in military history have soldiers unwaveringly fought their way through such a fiery ordeal and then successfully led the assault on an almost  precipitous position.’ On reaching the summit the British found 21 Boer dead and 40 wounded. Their casualties were four Officers and 18 men killed, five Officers and 158 men wounded and nine men missing.   The Royal Marines lost the highest number with two Officers and nine men killed and one Officer and 72 men wounded. Spink: The Anglo-Boer War Anniversary Sale, October 1899.
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