Book Launch: Guide to Sieges of South Africa

By Penguin Random House SA
Thu, Jun 22. 10:00AM - 9:00PM
Kelvin Grove Club, Cape Town

Please join us for lunch at the Kelvin Grove Club for the launch of Guide to Sieges of South Africa by Nicki von der Heyde. Catering: One-course set menu Cost: R120 per member (excl. service) R130 per non-member (excl. service) Bookings: Bookings at Reception: 021 658 4500/1 or functions@kelvingrove.co.za GUIDE TO SIEGES OF SOUTH AFRICA by Nicki von der Heyde In this companion volume to the highly successful Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa, the pivotal sieges that characterised the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer wars are brought together in one volume. Accounts of 17 sieges over the last two centuries explore in detail the historical context in which they occurred, the day-to-day military actions that sustained the investments and the conditions both soldiers and civilians faced while defending their territory against a hostile force. The siege descriptions are animated by maps, timelines and a variety of information boxes and human-interest stories, gleaned mainly from diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts, while long-form features focus on the practical aspects of siege warfare, such as artillery, medicine, food, and the psychological effects of besiegement. The book also provides practical information for visitors who wish to explore these historical sites. A fascinating read that will appeal to anyone interested in the volatile history of the country – armchair historians and travellers alike. Title available online and at bookstores countrywide from 20 June 2017: http://bit.ly/2s6L5XZ

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