'Lord Roberts escorting Baden Powell to his headquarters, South Africa', 1900.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
One of a boxed set of stereoscope photographs produced for sale to the public by 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. When the war began in October 1899, the Boers quickly besieged British troops in Ladysmith, Kimberley and Mafeking. Reinforcements commanded by Lord Roberts landed at Cape Town in January 1900, and advanced inland to relieve the besieged towns. Mafeking, the furthest inland, was not relieved until 17th May, the story of its resistance under the command of Major-General Baden-Powell becoming legendary.