The Battle Of Talana Hill, And The Battle Of Dundee

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The battle of Talana Hill also known as Battle of Dundee would start on October 20th 1899. The battle would occur in the beginning of what the British would call the Second Boer War. The battle would be fought between the British and the Boers at the town of Dundee, which is located in Northern Natal in South Africa. The Boers made the decision to invade Natal to destroy the British forces before they could be reinforced. The Boers would have the upper hand in surprise and tactical advantage over the British at Dundee, even with this advantage the British would turn the surprise attack and eventually win the battle, but at a high cost of men lost to death, capture, and or missing in action. General Sir W Penn Symons was in command of 4,000 …show more content…
General Symons would dismiss the reports as Boer raid parties and would fail to prepare for a possible attack from where he knew the Boers to be. This action allowed for the Boer’s to position themselves on both Talana Hill and Dundee Hill. General Myer’s plan was to use his artillery to open the attack on Dundee and also instead of sending his forces into Dundee he decided to hold his ground and force the British to attack from the town. The Boer’s held the hills and provided them with the higher ground and stronger position to defend against attacks. The Boers’s position on the hills and in the valley would be discovered in the early hours on the 20th by a British outpost who retreated towards Dundee. The Boer’s could not wait for the rest of the town to be alerted and proceeded to open fire with their cannons and alert the British on their …show more content…
The British would return fire with their own eighteen piece artillery at the Boers on Hill Talana and quickly gained fire superiority over the Boer’s two guns. As planned by General Myer the British would press the attack on Talana Hill with infantry. The British Infantry began its attack on the hill and would suffer casualties due to accurate rifle fire form the Boer’s. The infantry continued until they reached a small tree line at the base of the hill and once in the tree line the assault on the hill slowed to a stop. General Symons would personally move to the front lime to speed up the attack and would be mortally

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