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Number: 3970
Continent: Africa
Region: South
Place Names: Natal, South Africa
Year of Origin: 1903 (estimated)
Title: Bird's Eye Map of War District Natal. To Accompany The Official Railway Guide From The Original Compiled Jointly By J.C. Sturgen (Chief Engineer of Railway's Office) and C.W.F. Harrison
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Language: English
Publish Origin: London
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Size Class.: Medium
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Color Type: Full Color
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Cartographer: C. W. Harrison
J. C. Sturgen
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Publisher: London Geographical Institute
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Notes: PENDING Ruderman source; Fine three dimensional texture and relief technique in detailed composites of three maps, describing the recent events of the Boer War. Particularly detailed is the central image that shows the activity around Colenso and Ladysmith in the early months of 1900. This main map shows battles around Ladysmith and references the site of the 'Armoured train disaster November 15th, 1899', which is the site of Winston Churchill's capture. Map 2, at the top, shows Newcastle to Dundee with an inset profile view of Boer War positions as seen from Colenso. The Battle of Colenso was fought during the infamous Black Week of the war, in which the British Army was defeated three times in a row. These defeats showcased the weaknesses of the army when fighting against guerilla tactics. Map 3 shows the area to the west of Durban. This was again a scene of ferocious fighting throughout the entire war, and especially during the Black Week. The present map is apparently quite rare, although there are later editions of a similar map, published in Durban, South Africa.
Last updated: Nov 19, 2021