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Ladysmith, The Seige of

Battle Name : Ladysmith, The Seige of

Date(s) : 02 November 1899 - 28 February 1900

Part of : The 2nd Boer War (or Three Years War) ,

Outcome : A victory for British Colonial forces over Boer (Transvaal) forces

Type of battle : Land, Seige


General Joubert at the head of a Transvaal army pushed General White back through Natal into the town of Ladysmith where they were bottled up for 3 months forcing the British to split their strength, sending a relief force under General Buller to attempt a crossing of the Tugela river at Colenso (see entry).
This siege managed to embarrass the British and caused much suffering amongst their ranks, but negated the Boer's most potent weapons, mobility and stealth, by keeping them tied down.

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