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A British blockhouse, 1901 (c)

Photograph, Boer War (1899-1902), 1901 (c).

In response to the adoption of a strategy of guerrilla warfare by the Boers the British established a gigantic grid of blockhouses and wire fences which eventually proved an effective counter-measure. Approximately 8,000 mutually supporting garrisoned blockhouses were constructed, manned by 50,000 troops and 16,000 African scouts. 6,400 kilometres of barbed-wire fencing was erected to limit the Boers' freedom of movement during punitive sweeps. In addition to wire each blockhouse had a water tank, alarm signals, flare lights and sometimes, fixed rifle batteries.

One of 254 photographs collected by the Roberts Family 1890-1922.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1971-01-35-82


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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