|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure|
|Canadian Boer War Silk Ribbon - 1900|
Found - Brighton, ON
The taking of Pretoria, then considered the most important event of the war, produced three ribbons shown on this page.
The military logic of the time was that once the British Army captures the two Boer capitals of Bloemfontein and Pretoria the Boers would give up and the war would be over. The Boers didn't see it that way, deciding to let the British occupy the big cities and towns while they ran freely about the countryside, attacking a wagon train, or sabotaging a train, blowing up a bridge, or ambushing a troop column. The British never knew when or where they would be hit, or how hard...
Fast Forward to 2008 - It's happening all over again in Afghanistan, with the Canadians - this time the foreign occupiers - hunkered down, not only in Kandahar City, but behind miles of wire, tellingly close by the airport so they can - à la Saigon - make a quick exit by air if pressed too hard.
Pretoria Hurrah! - The Canadian Parliament building celebrates the capture of another on Pretoria Day in Ottawa, Ontario, a city which sent numerous local lads to fight in South Africa, some of whom died, and others who are in the crowd below.
Pretoria -1900 & 2000 - The British - including Canadians - at the festivities when the Union Jack was run up on the Transvaal Republic's parliament building, June 6, 1900. They thought with thousands of military feet on the ground and millions in killing hardware at their disposal they had vanquished the Boers.
In fact tens of thousands were to die - mostly women and children - before the guerillas, fighting only with the clothes on their back and an iron will to be masters in their own homeland, were overcome. But then casualty figures only reflect that the generals were up to the task in South Africa, as they are willing in Afghanistan... Should we let them?
|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure||
The most spectacular Boer War Bacon print, celebrates the high point of the conflict.
Never before, or after, would popular and military glee reach the dizzying heights of that June day in 1900.
That's Bobs doffing his helmet as he salutes the flag, his Sovereign, and the Soldiers of the Queen who had made it all possible.
That's the Canadian guns on the back right.
In those days Canadian gunners used their binoculars to see what they were aiming at before they shot. So they killed no women, children, or civilians.
Today, Canadian gunners in Afghanistan shoot at targets 30 kms away, and just hope the right people are getting killed. That's Afghans of course.
Below the Canadian guns up close, and the place they stood their horses, where the car is parked, as Lord Roberts addressed the multitude.
|Bacon Print, British Entry Into Pretoria, June 5, 1900 - 1900|
|Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 56 x 76 cm
Found - Montreal, PQ