The Gordons


Elandslaagte


The illustration gives a good idea of the Gordons' desperate scramble up the rocky slope to the Boer defences. The men look more tightly packed together than they actually were. It is easy to see how officers could be targeted because of their waving swords. Most artists who painted scenes from this battle chose the charge of the 5th Lancers who charged at the fleeing Boers, eager to avenge the Boer trick played on the infantry when a white flag was waved, followed by a sharp discharge of rifle fire that brought down the un-guarded British.


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by Stephen Luscombe