'South African Light Horse, Adderly Street, Cape Town, 1900.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
One of a boxed set of stereoscope photographs which was produced for sale to the general public by a profesional firm of photographers, Underwood and Underwood. The Second Boer War (1899-1902) was the first war to be covered comprehensively by both film and still photography. This was the result of improved technology in both photographic equipment and printing techniques; cameras were more portable and magazines started to reproduce half-tone photographs. Winston Churchill served as an officer with the South African Light Horse from 1900. The South African Light Horse was a regiment of irregular troops used particularly for scouting duties tracking the movements of the highly mobile Boer forces.