Relics from The Battle of Enslin/Graspan: Nov. 1899
|Relics at Enslin: Susan Botha, our enthusiastic "expert-as-host" on site where the Battle of Enslin was fought on her farm, in Nov. 1899, displays relics she found from the Anglo-Boer War.: "a horseshoe nail, very big, but the British used very big horses," "a shell, bent on the end, which the soldiers did, probably to store powder to make a fire when it was cold and rainy", a bolt "probably used by the artillery on the hill up there", and a tin "with lines to show it was vacuum packed for the soldiers and probably had bully beef inside, or plum."|
A Canadian Apology to Susan Botha
Bonjour Mrs and Mr. Goldi,
I just watched "The Great Anglo-Boer War: The Canadian Experience" documentary that you made and to be frank with you my first and most important comment regarding your Chef d'Oeuvre is Merci!
Thank you for detailing the truth, the facts and the reality of that war on BOTH sides of the front line.
As Canadian or maybe as French Canadian, I feel bitter at the British leaders for the lack of diplomacy and fairness with the Boers.
The British's sense of superiority and authoritative attitude toward to Boers inevitably created a cloud of frustration through which conceited leaders, incapable of diplomacy, only saw the path of war as the ultimate solution, not to resolve a problem but to prove their point.
Wilfrid Laurier, the Canadian Prime Minister at the time, did not agree with that war against the Boers, but Canada, being a very young country, full of loyal British subjects ready to help the Motherland across the Atlantic Ocean, couldn't say no (politically speaking) to the Greatest empire of the world at the time.
I can't help but admire the Boers unshakeable determination to keep their independence, their tactics so ingeniously planned against the blinded and conceited British Army leaders.
The Boers (Farmers) were determined, focused and so smart that this war became infamously known as the last Gentlemen war. (Anyway the words Gentlemen and War obviously never belonged together).
Your documentary is so poignant and vibrant that no one in his right mind can ignore the facts and the truth about the atrocities perpetrated by the British against the Boers' Families, homes and land.
The Boers lost because they ran out of men, ammo and supply not because they ran out of strength and pride and with your truthful documentary the Boers won my heart.
We, as Canadian, should expressed an Official and sincere Apology to the descendants of the Boers who were attacked by the British and Canadians.
We can only blame, once again, our leaders who were unable to use their fundamental values and beliefs to resolve a conflict that should had never degenerated in such a war in the first place.
When are we going to elect leaders who will show the rest of the world how to resolve crisis diplomatically and peacefully for the benefit of humanity.
I am not going to wait for Canada to apologize to the Boers descendants; I'll do it right now!
Mrs. Susan Botha, from the bottom of my heart would you accept my deep and sincere apology as a Canadian who feels extremely embarrassed and sad for the contribution and participation of Canada to a war which we should have never been involved with other than to promote diplomacy between the conceited British and the brave Boers.
A Viewer, Ottawa, ON