'Among the fighters for the Queen, Naauwpoort, South Africa', 1900.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
British soldiers at Naauwpoort, Cape Colony, before marching to Rensburg. One of a boxed set of stereoscope photographs 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 reproduced half-tone photographs. Rensburg was a strategic rail junction in the northern Cape Colony, and was the scene of a victory by British and Empire forces over the Boers in February 1900.