By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
This two-volume background of counterinsurgency covers the entire significant and plenty of of the lesser recognized examples of this common and enduring kind of clash, addressing a number of the measures hired within the try and conquer the insurgency and analyzing the contributors and organisations liable for every thing from counterterrorism to infrastructure building.
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Byng, who left Kroonstadt on October 6, rapidly became engaged with a Boer force under van Niekerk and Spanneberg. On the 13th, Byng attacked a laager at Jackfontein, taking 18 prisoners and some horses. Halting at Klerksdorp for provisions, on the 25th Byng began his return to Kroonstadt and recrossed the Vaal River, where he surrounded Spanneberg’s laager at Huntersvlei, taking Field Cornets Spanneberg and Oosthuyzen and 20 burghers. 76 Meanwhile, Major Damant at Frankfort, and Lieutenant Colonel Wilson at Heilbron, in tandem with their own active operations, continued to offer protection to engineers as they completed construction of the line of blockhouses dotted between those two towns.
Long railway lines have also to be thoroughly protected by the troops, and this is done by a system of blockhouses 1600 y[ar]ds apart, with men lying out at night between each blockhouse. There are now over 1500 blockhouses in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony for the protection of railways besides 61 mobile columns scouring the country in every direction. 65 By late August, the government had managed to persuade Kitchener that he would have to manage with almost 50,000 fewer troops—a reduction of 189,000 to 140,000—and requested that he release some of his senior commanders and staff officers, as well.
To Kitchener, Boer women posed as much as a threat to his military efforts as their menfolk under arms. By clearing them from the countryside, he reckoned he would deny Boer commandos of sustenance and sources of intelligence, adversely affecting them at the tactical level and thus, at the strategic level, obliging them to abandon the war. “The women question is always cropping up and is most difficult,” he declared five days into his new posting. ”12 By allowing women to remain on their farms, they offered the enemy benefits in terms of intelligence and supplies.
A History of Counterinsurgency [2 volumes] by Gregory Fremont-Barnes