By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
This two-volume background of counterinsurgency covers the entire significant and plenty of of the lesser identified examples of this frequent and enduring type of clash, addressing some of the measures hired within the try and conquer the insurgency and interpreting the members and companies accountable for every thing from counterterrorism to infrastructure building.
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The South African Constabulary were now establishing large numbers of posts and protected areas into which surrendered Boers could return to their farms. The value of this was obvious, as Kitchener explained: “. . 48 On May 24, Kitchener informed Roberts of progress respecting further blockhouse construction: “By fortifying and increasing our posts on the railway lines they form barriers which the Boers cannot cross without being engaged. I am getting blockhouses at every 2500 yards and at night parties from each meet and sleep out between, waiting for any attempt to cross.
7 Now, under Kitchener, denying the Boers their means of support translated into increasingly brutal methods as part of a threepronged strategy of attrition: scorched earth, internment, and containment. SCORCHED EARTH: FARM-BURNING AND THE SEIZURE AND DESTRUCTION OF LIVESTOCK Finding himself unable to capture or eliminate the various guerrilla forces, Roberts had recognized that a systematic, methodical approach to counterinsurgency had to be adopted, and as early as June 1900 he had ordered the burning of farms known to be the property of Boers still on commando.
We have therefore no striking force of any importance & it is most difficult to find troops in any case of emergency such as the Cape Colony invasion for instance— If we withdraw garrisons it has a bad effect as the boers [sic] at once put up their flag and start a sort of government again. I estimate there are still 20,000 boers [sic] out on commando in the two colonies. Some officers put the numbers considerably higher. These men are not always out on commando but return at intervals to their farms & live as most peaceful inhabitants, probably supplying the nearest British garrisons with forage milk & eggs until they are again called out to take the place of others in the field.