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The Australians In South Africa: Letters From The Front (Second Boer War)

The Australians In South Africa: Letters From The Front (Second Boer War)

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A Matomaton military history reference book.

A collection of articles written by A.G. Hales, the special war correspondent of the Daily News, following the involvement of Australian troops in the Second Boer War and also offering comment on the combatants and people of South Africa.   


The PDF contains:

-- Four pages for the cover, title page, the table of contents (with active links to each section of the text) and a short biography of the author.

-- Twenty-six articles covering the Australian troops, the Boer peoples and various actions.

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This is a companion to The British In Africa and The Great Boer War.   There are also map, illustration and photograph collections along with a collectable cards collection.

About A.G. Hales

Alfred Arthur Greenwood "Smiler" Hales was born in Adelaide in 1860.  His first book detailed his adventures travelling around Australia working as a farm hand and lead him to travel in England and America before returning to found a number of publications in his homeland.   Later Hales joined the Daily News as a war correspondent and covered the Second Boer War in a manner often critical of the British.   He was wounded and captured by the Boers and was only released at the end of the conflict.    Despite his experiences he went on to work as a war correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War and First World War.

Please Note

Please be aware that the text of this PDF was written in an age when sensibilities were somewhat less delicate and attitudes to peoples not of the British Isles were considerably less enlightened.  

About Matomaton

I've long been fascinated by military history and over the years have gathered a collection of reference books and images like those included in this PDF. Now I've been encouraged to make them available to other wargamers and roleplayers for reference and to add period detail to related games.


These PDF files may not be resold or redistributed. If you are interested in using copies of the individual images for use in commercial projects, please contact me via my website.

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File Last Updated:
December 18, 2017
This title was added to our catalog on December 20, 2017.