'Tons of Oats for Tommy's faithful friends, at De Aar, South Africa', 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. The horse was vital to the British Army in the Boer War. The large distances involved in the campaign and the mobility of the largely mounted Boer forces meant that cavalry, and more particularly, mounted infantry were the most effective troops.