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    “Left Bird’s River at 3am to attack Dordrecht and co-operate with Gen. Brabant. Arrived 7am Boers driven from ridges west of town and fallen back on East Ridge. Boers about 2000 strong (diary editor says about 600)
    with one gun. Our force 2000 (diary editor says 1600) with six guns and four 2.5-inch guns and 2 Maxims. 


    Fight lasted two days. Our tactics were very feeble. Centre section with two guns got into a very tight hole but got out with one man severely wounded. Two horses killed and seven wounded. Boers cleared off with loss (diary editor notes British lost at least 7 killed and eight wounded, Boers one killed and eight wounded) and took their gun with them which we ought to have captured. Splendid work by our guns. 15 pounders silenced Boer gun first shot.”
    Anglo-Boer War Diary of H.G. Howell.

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