'Sacking up at the Modder to join Roberts, 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. These troops seen packing up their kit were involved in the campaign which led to the surrender of the Boer General Pieter Cronje to Lord Roberts at Paardeberg on 27th February 1900.