Originally Posted by KRJ
..the average 16-year-old Boer boy could both ride and shoot circles around an experienced, exceptional Tommy.
But alas, it wasnít meant to be. Those steely-eyed kids a-horseback with a Mauser, a belt of cartridges, and a saddle bag of biltong wore down after a few years and thousands of Brits. Reckon why it took so long, Spike?
If you hadnít brought in those Aussies.....
Churchill was only a young cavalry officer in England at the time but he was right on the ball even at such a young age, he wrote pieces in the London Morning Post emphasising the fact that a lot more troops needed to be sent to S.Africa, and eventually the authorities did just that, and he himself was on one of the troop ships that were sent there, and he was soon in the thick of the fighting.
He later recalled one memorable incident in his autobiog when in a skirmish with the Boers he found himself unhorsed and alone, calmly facing death as Boer horsemen charged down on him, "Here at last I take it" he thought, but in the event another member of his troop came to the rescue and they made their escape on one horse.