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Details for: Battle of Groenkop


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In the Battle of Groenkop (also known as the Battle of Tweefontein) on 25 December 1901, Head Commandant Christian de Wet's Boer Commando surprised and defeated a force of British yeomanry under the command of Major Williams. Williams, with 550 men, mostly of the 11th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry held the 61m high Groenkop. de Wet spent threde days reconnoitoring the British position before launchign a surprise attack. He captured high ground and fired downhill into the British tents inflicting a massacre. Savage fighting lasted for 40 minutes before the British surrendered, 300 being killed and woudned. The 250 unwounded British prisoners of war were stripped of their clothing and equipment and turned loose the next day.


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