Battle of Elandslaagte
Location: Between Dundee and the N11 turnoff between Newcastle and Ladysmith.
The British infantrymen made their way up the hillsides under heavy enemy fire until the summit was within striking distance, making the final assault in a rush. Many of the Boers did not wait for the charge but withdrew onto the far hillside. A white flag was shown causing the British to sound the cease fire, but the Boers immediately resumed firing and counter attacked the summit. A further assault drove the Boers back off the crest.
The Boer commando reached the lower slopes of the hill range and mounted the ponies waiting at the bottom of the hillside they then rode off across the valley. The squadron of 5th Lancers emerging into the same valley launched a charge. Not expecting British troops to appear from that point the Boers assumed the charging cavalry to be a friendly force until it was too late to escape. The British cavalry made three charges through the Boer Commando from side to side killing numbers of Boer riflemen, who had no defence to swords and lances.
The surviving Boers escaped to the main Boer line.Back