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Tonight: The world is in shock as the world's most powerful army suffers continuing, horrific reverses, from an "untrained" army of Boer farmers, on the "Acre of Massacre" at Spion Kop. Let historian John Sneyman show you the cross where the gallant British General Sir Edward Woodgate, (rare antique tobacco card, top left), died in action (below left), shot by Boers on greenish Aloe Knoll in the background, and were Canadian Lt. JW Osborne of Brantford, Ontario, (below), died among his British comrades, fighting in the trench, which is now his grave.... But, fear not! Britain's favourite general, Lord Roberts, (rare antique jug below), has started his fabled March to Pretoria, and the Canadians are there in the front lines. They will try to stop 5,000 fleeing Boers at a hill called Paardeberg. The popular Capt. Arnold from Winnipeg, Manitoba, (above right) is one of many Canadians who will not survive what will become Britain's bloodiest battle of the entire war.
Historical Revisionism: The conventional wisdom of historians and the press - many of whom probably never really visited South Africa - has always been that the British were defeated because the Boers were on hills overlooking the British positions, and that the Boers fired down into the trenches. Probably they just repeated what distraught British Tommies reported. We are able to show conclusively, for the first time, that this was not so. The Boer positions were hardly even level with those of the British - and, in fact deadly Aloe Knoll, from which some 75 British Tommies were shot through the right side of the head, was considerably lower than Spion Kop itself - but because the shallow British trench was draped over the dome of sloping Spion Kop, the Boers were actually able fire up into the helpless British trenches. - Historian John Goldi
A Canada Millennium Project
We are honoured that our Anglo-Boer War project was one of the rare television shows selected as a partnership program by the Government of Canada to commemorate the Millennium.

Feedback: #1: Windsor: From the great grandson of the man who delivered the Boer ultimatum to the British in 1899, was a President of the Orange Free State, and who signed the Peace Treaty on May 31, 1902. "I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the first part of your documentary on the Boer War (or the Second War of Freedom, as some Afrikaners used to call it) and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I grew up in South Africa but learned a lot about the war that I had not previously known."

Feedback: #2: Oakville: "I must say your narrator is absolutely first rate!"

Feedback: #3: Ajax: "It was very, very enjoyable to watch and even for me, who is not much of a history buff, I found it very interesting. I love the way you put the artifacts in as headers. We're looking forward to the next installment."

Feedback: #4: Toronto: "Please. Your show was just fabulous!"

SEE, the first battlefield motion pictures ever taken, of the British Army retreating from Spion Kop and crossing the Tugela River, above, leaving hundreds of unburied dead behind.
The Narrator

Linden MacIntyre, Canada's most respected voice in broadcasting, and the multiple Gemini award-winning anchor journalist of CBC's 5th Estate, offers a gripping narration for this feature Canadian heritage series. "It's just an excellent script! I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't. I started reading and couldn't put it down until I had read the whole thing for all four hours."
Coming Soon !!

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A gripping, highly innovative, four hour, documentary television series
that tells a Canadian History story never before presented on television anywhere.
"The Great Anglo-Boer War: The Canadian Experience"
1899 - 1902

To Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great Anglo-Boer War, and
Canada's first ever military participation in an overseas war,
told through the eyes of young Canadians who set off on a "Great Adventure" and found themselves enveloped in the horrors of the first "Total War" of modern times.

"The wealth of research and detail is astounding and thorough, with a wonderful breadth of archival sources throughout. Clearly this was a labour of love and it shows." Sydney Suissa,
VP of Factual Programming,
History Television


"I am personally convinced that it will be assessed as one of the decade's great television documentaries." George Milne,
Museum of the Regiments, Calgary, AB

The Battlefields Then
After the Storm: The laager at Paardeberg, where 4,000 Boer men, women, and children tunneled caves into the earth, to escape ten days of artillery bombardment from 100 British guns, in Feb. 1900. (Innovation: Through the voices of participants on all sides, a gripping examination - on site - of the battle which caused Britain's highest casualty toll of the war, and most of Canada's battle deaths. It was Victorian Canada's most celebrated battle, taking pride of place atop Anglo-Boer War monuments and on now rare antique plates (below). Top plate, commemorates the "Soldiers of the Queen," and the first day of battle at Paardeberg, "Bloody Sunday", Feb. 18, 1900, a date journalist Pierre Berton will never, ever, forget. Bottom, the Surrender, nine days later.

In the Eye of the Storm: In a masterful explanation of this historic site, historian Johan Hattingh stands below the spot where the photo (right) was taken, on the slope where the wagons were descending when they were attacked, beside the banks where the women and children were dug in, and where at night, hundreds of dead horses were dragged down into the Modder River. The putrid corpses drifted down river towards the background, where the camp of the British and Canadian troops were. Some 2,000 of them became infected with enteric fever and died after drinking what they ruefully called "Chateau Modder."
For further details on the Canadian participation in
the "Great Anglo-Boer War," please see our website:


At the Internationally Acclaimed !!

"The Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum"

(Innovation: The most extensive and most lavishly illustrated web site ever to accompany a television documentary anywhere in the world.)

"I've now had a good trawl through your Boer War website - it's an absolutely splendid site! I'm most impressed by not only its contents and how they are displayed but also the ease with which they can be accessed."

"What a grand job!" - Houston, TEXAS

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