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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26325
Title:
The Boer War 1899 - 1902 and British Cavalry Doctrine: A Re-evaluation
Authors:
Badsey, Stephen
Abstract:
Among the important British Army reforms following the Boer War (1899-1902) was the introduction of a longer-range rifle for the cavalry instead of a carbine, and a tactical doctrine including dismounted fire. It remains the view of most historians that the cavalry learned dismounted tactics from their Boer opponents, and that postwar reform of the cavalry was imposed from outside. Senior cavalry officers of the period are viewed as reactionary, and their performance in the First World War judged accordingly. This view is based on a partisan interpretation of the Boer War and the cavalry's role in it, fostered by its contemporary institutional critics. In fact, a cavalry reform movement was introducing dismounted tactics before the Boer War, both sides in the war used mounted and dismounted tactics, and the cavalry's problems were largely those of supply and not of their own making. This has much wider implications for the assessment of British military doctrines up to the end of the First World War.
Citation:
The Journal of Military History, 71(1): 75-98
Publisher:
Project MUSE
Journal:
The Journal of Military History
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26325
DOI:
10.1353/jmh.2007.0001
Additional Links:
http://direct.bl.uk/bld/PlaceOrder.do?UIN=200956186&ETOC=RN&from=searchengine; http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_military_history/toc/jmh71.1.html
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
08993718; 15437795
Appears in Collections:
Conflict Studies Research Group ; History

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dc.contributor.authorBadsey, Stephen-
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-15T14:47:37Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-15T14:47:37Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationThe Journal of Military History, 71(1): 75-98en
dc.identifier.issn08993718-
dc.identifier.issn15437795-
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/jmh.2007.0001-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/26325-
dc.description.abstractAmong the important British Army reforms following the Boer War (1899-1902) was the introduction of a longer-range rifle for the cavalry instead of a carbine, and a tactical doctrine including dismounted fire. It remains the view of most historians that the cavalry learned dismounted tactics from their Boer opponents, and that postwar reform of the cavalry was imposed from outside. Senior cavalry officers of the period are viewed as reactionary, and their performance in the First World War judged accordingly. This view is based on a partisan interpretation of the Boer War and the cavalry's role in it, fostered by its contemporary institutional critics. In fact, a cavalry reform movement was introducing dismounted tactics before the Boer War, both sides in the war used mounted and dismounted tactics, and the cavalry's problems were largely those of supply and not of their own making. This has much wider implications for the assessment of British military doctrines up to the end of the First World War.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherProject MUSEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://direct.bl.uk/bld/PlaceOrder.do?UIN=200956186&ETOC=RN&from=searchengine-
dc.relation.urlhttp://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_military_history/toc/jmh71.1.html-
dc.subjectMilitary historyen
dc.subjectWar studiesen
dc.subjectBoer War 1899-1902en
dc.subjectCavalryen
dc.subjectMilitary doctrinesen
dc.subjectWeaponsen
dc.subjectBritish Armyen
dc.titleThe Boer War 1899 - 1902 and British Cavalry Doctrine: A Re-evaluationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Journal of Military Historyen
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