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The Relief of Mafeking How it Was Accomplished by Mahon's Flying Column; with an Account of Some Earlier Episodes in the Boer War of 1899-1900   By: (1876-1938)

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Filson Young's captivating work, "The Relief of Mafeking: How it Was Accomplished by Mahon's Flying Column; with an Account of Some Earlier Episodes in the Boer War of 1899-1900," offers readers a deeply immersive journey into the tumultuous events of the Boer War. Young skillfully weaves together meticulous research, gripping storytelling, and insightful analysis to create a comprehensive account that sheds light on the heroic efforts and strategic brilliance behind the relief of Mafeking.

Throughout the book, Young's writing effortlessly transports readers back to the war-torn landscapes of South Africa, enabling them to experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of the conflict firsthand. He paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by the British forces and the fierce resistance put up by the Boers, effectively placing readers in the midst of the action.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Young's meticulous attention to detail. His research is evident in the wealth of information provided, giving readers a comprehensive understanding of the events that led up to the relief of Mafeking. Young delves into the political backdrop, military strategies, and key players involved, leaving no stone unturned in his quest for accuracy and insight.

Furthermore, Young's analysis of the military operations and decision-making processes is both thorough and thought-provoking. He provides valuable context and offers a balanced examination of the successes and failures of the British forces. This not only enhances readers' understanding of the relief of Mafeking but also fosters a deeper appreciation for the complexities of war and the human element involved.

In addition to its historical significance, "The Relief of Mafeking" also delves into the personal stories of bravery and resilience that emerged during the conflict. Young brings to life the experiences of notable individuals involved, capturing their motivations, fears, and triumphs. These personal anecdotes humanize the narrative, serving as a poignant reminder of the courage and sacrifices made by those who fought on both sides.

While the book is undoubtedly comprehensive, it may feel overwhelming to readers seeking a more condensed account of the events. Some sections delve into minute details, potentially overshadowing the broader narrative. However, Young's engaging storytelling style and talent for making complex military maneuvers accessible mostly compensate for this minor critique.

"The Relief of Mafeking" by Filson Young is a remarkable historical account that effortlessly brings to life a crucial chapter in the Boer War. Young's meticulous research, attention to detail, and vivid storytelling make this book an engrossing read for history enthusiasts and casual readers alike. It serves as a testament to the bravery and ingenuity of those who participated in the relief of Mafeking and deepens our understanding of this pivotal moment in history.

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How It Was Accomplished by Mahon's Flying Column; with an Account of Some Earlier Episodes in the Boer War of 1899 1900



With Portraits and Plans

Methuen & Co. 36 Essex Street W.C. London 1900

[Illustration: FIELD MARSHALL LORD ROBERTS, K.P., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., V.C.]


M. C. D.


The proprietors of the Manchester Guardian have kindly allowed me to make use of their copyright in the letters written by me to that newspaper during the first half of the year. The substance of the letters has been reproduced in the hope that home staying folk may find in them something of the atmosphere that surrounds the collision of armed forces. It is a strange and rude atmosphere; yet it pleases me at this moment to remember not so much the strangeness and rudeness as the kindness and good fellowship that made a dreadful business tolerable and the memory of it pleasant. Many friends of these brave days I may not see again, but if their eyes should ever light on this page I would have them know that it contains a greeting.


LONDON, July 31st, 1900




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