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Day: March 30, 2022

Canada and the Battle of Hart’s River
Military History, Military Milestones

Canada and the Battle of Hart’s River

The South African War, popularly known as the Second Boer War, ushered in the 20th century. It was Britain’s second kick at the can—they’d lost the First Boer War in the 1880s. The British ostensibly wanted to protect the trade route to India by controlling territory around the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa; controlling the region’s gold and diamond resources wouldn’t hurt, either. They approached the Boers of the Orange Free State and Transvaal Republic in the 1870s to create a confederation such as that in Canada. But these descendants of Dutch, German and French farmers who settled in southern Africa in the 1650s wanted no truck with the British Crown. The British annexed the floundering Transvaal in 1877; the Boers rebelled in 1880. A truce was signed in 1881, and th...
Their own medicine: Ill-equipped Russians betrayed by old ally
Defence Today, Front Lines

Their own medicine: Ill-equipped Russians betrayed by old ally

  The line between disorder and order lies in logistics. —Sun Tzu Back in early March, with a cold snap coming and the Russian advance stalled outside the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, military observers warned Vladimir Putin’s invading army could be facing a different sort of trouble. A column of tanks and heavy weaponry was lined up for 65 kilometres. It was low on food and fuel and already facing sub-zero temperatures after dark. “A metal tank is just a fridge at night if you are not running the engine,” Glen Grant, a senior expert on defence at the Baltic Security Foundation, told Newsweek. Grant predicted the young and inexperienced Russian troops wouldn’t wait for even colder weather to set in. “They will get out, start walking to the forest, and give themselves ...

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