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A blockhouse, 1901 (c).

Photograph by (The Hon) Lieutenant M B Parker, The Grenadier Guards, 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 km 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.

From an album of 413 photographs taken by (The Hon) Lt M B Parker, 1901-1902.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1985-09-14-312

Copyright/Ownership

National Army Museum Copyright

Location

National Army Museum, Study collection

Object URL

https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=1985-09-14-312