'The English Drummer Boy's Letter, Colesberg, South Africa', 1900.
2 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 17cm

'The English Drummer Boy's Letter, Colesberg, South Africa', 1900.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A British soldier writing home to his mother after the British captured Colesberg on February 28th 1900. 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. The area around Colesberg in the northern Cape Colony saw fierce fighting in early 1900. The Boers withdrew acros the Orange River after the end of their siege of Kimberley. Using guerrilla tactics, they continued to harras the British in the area until the end of the war.

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