Lincolnshire Lads On the Veldt, by Alan Stennett, subtitled 'Letters home from Volunteer Soldiers in the South African War 1899-1903'
Book published privately by the author, 116 pages. Large softback - 21cm by 26cm (N5244)
From the rear side cover: In January 1900, 133 young men, all volunteers from Lincolnshire, left their home county to travel to South Africa, where they joined the Lincolnshire Regiment in the fight against the Boer republics. Among them were two farmer's sons from the village of Billingborough and a reporter from the local Lincolnshire Echo newspaper. Their letters and reports form the basis of this book and tell a story of the last Imperial war of the Victorian age.
It was a war that saw a mixture of pitched battles, open country skirmishes and the invention of the name and techniques of commando warfare but for the participants it was also a war of roasting and freezing temperatures, worn-out boots and ragged uniforms and a two-month interval between writing a letter and getting a reply. One of the writers ran for his life from a mountain ambush, while another helped man a hospital where the staff tried to alleviate the effects of the biggest killers of the war - infection and disease.
The book is illustrated throughout with contemporary maps and photographs.
Condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover