'British Scouts firing on a Boer Patrol near Colesberg, South Africa',1900.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
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 were initially succesful, but withdrew acros the Orange River after the breaking of their siege of Kimberley, leaving the British to enter Colesberg on 28th February. Using guerrilla tactics, the Boers continued to harras the British in the area until the end of the war.