British troops storming Boer positions. The Boers were masters of highly mobile warfare, but when they fought pitched battles, they made sure to take the high ground and use terrain to their advantage. Here, the ragged rocks of the hill form a natural fortress which allowed a relatively small number of Boers to tie down large numbers of British troops and inflict a lot of casualties on the attacking British. It was always very difficult to dislodge the Boers when they were entrenched in this kind of position.
This kind of massed charge against an enemy using rocks and boulders for cover was not the brightest tactic for the British and exemplified the bravery of the common soldier and the tactical clumsiness of their commanding officers.
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