'British Field Telegrapher sending news of victory at Klip Drift, 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; cameras were more portable and magazines reproduced half-tone photographs. The British commanded by General John French marched from Klip Drift on their way to relieving the siege of Kimberley on 15th February 1900. The town had been besieged by Boer forces since 15th October 1899.