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  Battle of Spion Kop - The Boer War
Of all the Boer War battles Spion Kop retains an appalling notoriety for the incompetence of British leadership and the slaughter of the small number of men engaged on each side in the struggle for the top of the hill.
The battle graphically showed the failure of the British Army to understand the requirements of modern warfare: tactics to cope with powerful long range artillery and magazine rifle fire, the need for proper communications and systems of reconnaissance, maintenance of chains of command in action and training and leadership at all levels.
On Spion Kop the mist prevented the British force from realising that the area occupied was insufficient to hold the summit and that their position was overlooked by higher features.
www.britishbattles.com /great-boer-war/spion-kop.htm   (2772 words)

 Internet Football Ground Guide - The Kop, Anfield. Liverpool   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It was renamed the Spion Kop in 1906 after the battle of Spion Kop and later it became known as 'the Kop'.
It was not however until 1964, that the Kop became famous across the world, thanks to a BBC Panorama programme.
Following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 the Kops' capacity was severely reduced as safety at football grounds was made a number one priority.
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 Informat.io on Battle Of Spion Kop
The battle was fought between Boer and British forces from 23-24 January 1900 as part of the Second Boer War, and resulted in a famous British defeat during the Boer War.
Spion Kop, as the largest hill in the region at over 1,400 feet, had become occupied by the Boers, who were armed with modern German Mauser rifles.
The casualties result of the battle were nearly 400 British dead left buried on Spion Kop and 1,400 British wounded or captured.
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 THE BOER WAR – The Battle of Spion Kop
No further attempt was made to press forward, and for the rest of this terrible day both sides stubbornly held their ground, and, although the battle remained stationary, the heavy close-range rifle-fire continued hours after hour, and the tale of losses mounted while we lay in the blazing heat.
The situation, however, was changed after the repulse at Spion Kop, and General Buller sent the message that, though we were not bound to take the risk, Government would be thankful if we would do so and fetch the wounded from the field.
After the reverses at Spion Kop and Vaalkranz, the British Commander-in-Chief abandoned the attempt to relieve Ladysmith and other places by summary procedure, and decided to proceed slowly, awaiting reinforcements from England and India.
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 Forever Man Utd - How football clubs were formed part 3
The battle became known as the battle of the Spion Kop.
The name Spion Kop was coined by a local reporter and many felt it was a fitting memorial for all those poor Liverpudlians who fell at the battle of the Spion Kop.
The Kop was the first terraced area in England to adopt the continental approach of using a mish mash of ideas from the likes of Italian, German and other European supporters.
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 Articles On & By Gandhi
It was summoned on the eve of the battle of Spion Kop.
During the big battle there on January 24, when British suffered heavy casualties, members of the Corps agreed to receive the wounded under fire and carry them from Spion Kop to the base hospital at Frere, more than twenty miles away.
It was on the road from Spion Kop, after the fateful retirement of the British troops in January 1900.
www.mkgandhi.org /articles/boer_war.htm   (2121 words)

 Conan-Doyle, The Great Boer War: Chapter IV: The Eve of War
Spion Kop was to be attacked that night.
The Spion Kop mountain was really the salient or sharp angle of the Boer position, so that the British were exposed to a cross fire both from the left and right.
Captain Hanwell of the 78th R.F.A., upon the day of the battle had the very utmost difficulty with the help of four horses in getting a light Maxim on to the top, and his opinion, with that of other artillery officers, is that the feat was an impossible one until the path had been prepared.
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Spion Kop, although steep, is not very high on the northern slope where we went up, and it did not take us long to reach the top.
However that may be, von Brusewitz was now on top of Spion Kop, where he seemed bent on getting killed, for although we warned him not to expose himself too recklessly, he paid no heed, and repeatedly stood out from among the rocks to fire.
Most of the wounded had been taken off in the course of the day, but we found a few serious cases that would not bear transport Collected in charge of an old man, who, by the dim light of a lantern, was attending to their wants.
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 Battlefield Experience   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
This was the scene of one of the most futile and perhaps bloodiest of all battles fought in the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War.
The farmstead on which Spion Kop Lodge is located was seconded by the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces, Sir Redvers Buller, for his headquarters.
Arrive at Spion Kop Lodge.The farmstead on which Spion Kop Lodge is located, was seconded by the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces, Sir Redvers Buller, for his headquarters.
www.spionkop.co.za /battlefield_experience.htm   (665 words)

 Source 10 | Useful Notes
It shows British soldiers killed by Boer troops at the Battle of Spion Kop in January 1900.
Spion Kop was a hill in the South African region of Natal.
This battle was a major disaster for the British forces.
www.learningcurve.gov.uk /empire/usefulnotes/g2cs3s10u.htm   (334 words)

 The Kop in The AnswerBank: Sport
The word kop originally means "Hill" (in south africa) and was just a term that got applied to the slopes of the terraces at a few football grounds
It was used to describe a steep bank and it refers to Spion Kop where a famous battle was fought in the boer war.
the name actually comes from the battle of spion kop in the late 19th century in which the 11th lancashie brigade fought with distinction.
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 Ward's Book of Days. Pages of interesting anniversaries.What happened on this day in history.
The Boers were in control of the strategic town of Ladysmith, which the British desperately needed to recapture.
The battle went on for a further sixteen days until the remnant of the British army were obliged to retreat.
The Kop Stand at Anfield, Liverpool, the east side of Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday and the north side of Bloomfield Road, Blackpool all recollects the tragic event.
www.wardsbookofdays.com /24january.htm   (317 words)

 42 Bde History
To this day, in memory of the Lancashire soldiers killed at the critical battle of Spion Kop, many football grounds in the North West still maintain a stand called, "The Kop".
Significantly throughout 1915, the North Lancashire Brigade, of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division was attached to the 51st Highland Division and played a significant part in that divisions first battle in June 1915.
There is no doubt that the 'Lads' and 'Lasses' of the North West today are the legitimate heirs to the 'Lads' who fought at Spion Kop, the Somme and Dunkirk.
www.army.mod.uk /42bde/history.htm   (929 words)

 BFI | National Archive | Catalogues | Battle of Spion Kop   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
BATTLE OF SPION KOP: AMBULANCE CORPS CROSSING THE TUGELA RIVER Red Cross ambulances and British troops crossing the Tugela River over the pontoon bridge near Trichardt's Drift, during the British retreat from Spion Kop.
There are a few men walking down the slope and a couple of men on horseback on the nearer side of the river.
The picture has an additional value that in the background is part of the battlefield where Warren's men fought so gallantly as they advanced towards and up Spion Kop to the right".
www.bfi.org.uk:8080 /nftva/catalogues/film/307   (324 words)

 Wardead Arthur J. Allen
It is my painful duty to have to record his death in the fight at Spion Kop.
A little over three years ago he enlisted in the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers and by strict attention to duties he soon rose to the rank of corporal.
He was universally liked, and all who new "Artie" as he was popularly known, will join me in expressing deep sympathy with his family".
www.lps-athletics.co.uk /history/artieallen.htm   (341 words)

 Liverpool FC - LFC Online - This Day in 1900: The Battle of Spion Kop
His valiant, some would say arrogant quest to conquer all had come to an abrupt and unexpected end on the unfamiliar terrain of a far off foreign land.
His battle weary troops, consider their own expansion as their birthright, but have seen victory become more significant, yet apparently harder to attain than ever before.
The Spion debacle lasted for almost thirteen hours, over which time the British had eventually managed to retreat backwards far enough down the hill.
www.lfconline.com /news/loadfeat.asp?cid=EDZ2&id=85364   (772 words)

 Wikinfo | List of battles 1901-2000
1914 Battle of Cracow Nov. 16 heavy casualties to Austria and Russia
1921 Battle of Anual July 21 in Morocco, Spanish army loses to Rifi berbers of Abd el Krim.
1937 Battle of Nanjing - early November to December 13 - Japanese victory after 2 months siege of the capital of Republic of China.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=List_of_battles_1901-2000   (1747 words)

 DTA Easby
Built in 1897 by the Coventry family on the slope of the Thaba Nyama mountain range, next to Spion Kop.
Go on a guided tour to see the sangars built by the Boer's to entrench them against British artillery with the onslaught on Thaba Nyama three days before the battle of Spion Kop.
Allow yourself to be taken back in time while relaxing in the cozy Stable Inn, built in the cellars, which where used as an arms stash during the War.
www.drakensberg.org.za /dtaeasby.html   (227 words)

 The Battle Of Spion Kop from 'Commando' by Deneys Reitz
Image right: This jacket in the Balson Holdings Family Trust collection was worn by a Royal British Navy Officer in the 1900's and used during the Boer War.
The Royal Navy provided heavy field artillery at the battle of Spion Kop with a number of 4.7 inch naval guns mounted on field carriages devised by Captain Percy Scott of HMS Terrible
Black mushrooms of earth and smoke hung along the course of the positions from the heavy shells flung across the Tugela, and puff's of shrapnel flecked the air above.
www.tokencoins.com /boer/book/chap9.htm   (3999 words)

The command which rode out to do battle with the Zulu numbered a hundred and thirty-five farmers.
Being unable to employ the cavalry tactics which had been so effective against the Matabeli, they used their ingenuity to meet this new situation, and received the Zulu warriors in a square of laagered wagons, the men firing while the women loaded.
After overcoming the difficulties of distance, nature, and savage enemies, the Boers saw at the end of their travels the very thing which they desired least--that which they had come so far to avoid--the flag of
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 WarData.net Boer Wars Timeline   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In 1880 a detachment of 250 British soldiers were ambushed and shot down by the Boers at Bronke' s Spruit before war had been declared.
The Battle of Talana Hill was fought on the 20th October 1899 and resulted in a Boer defeat.
The Battle of Elandsaagte took place on October 21, 1899 during the 2nd Boer War when the British under General French drove a strong force of Boers from their position, capturing the leader, General Koch.
www.wardata.net /wardata_boer_wars_timeline.htm   (148 words)

 Wikinfo | List of battles 1801-1900   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
1814 Battle of La Colle Mill March 30 - US forces under Wilkinson defeated by British in attempt to invade Canada via Niagara.
1814 Battle of Toulouse April 10 - Wellington defeats Soult, forced to abandon city.
1834 Battle of Santarén May 16 - Portuguese forces loyal to Queen Maria II (led by her father, Don Pedro) defeat forces of usurper Don Miguel
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=List_of_battles_1801-1900   (4734 words)

Guerre Sud-afric: Bataille de Stormber 10 Dec 1899 (Defaite du Gèn Gatacre) - The Battle of Stormberg and the defeat of General Gatacre.
The artist and printer are unknown but it would well be the same as (1).
The artist and printer are unknown but it could well be the same as (1).
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 eBay.co.uk - Spion, Postcards, Non-Fiction Books, Fiction Books items at low prices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
BOER WAR Boer Guns at Spion Kop 1900s postcard
Goodbye Dolly Gray, BOER, mafeking, spion kop, rhodes!
Spion Digital Spy Camera Pen Wirelsss Hidden TC309
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 osCommerce   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Please browse through our site and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
This is a spent British Lee-Metford cartridge case from the battlefield of Spion Kop.
This item was recovered from the battlefield in the 60's (when it was leagal to do so) by a man working in the Drakensburg mountains who recovered artefacts from several Boer and Zulu war battlefields.
www.commongroundgraphics.co.uk /catalog   (259 words)

 World history of events and dates of Boer War Great Britain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Colley fails to open up the road to the Transvaal
Colley is killed during the battle of Majuba
Takes part in the battle of Sion Kop
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 The 'kop' is a name given to terraces and ends of certain English football stadia and comes from a famous ...
The 'kop' is a name given to terraces and ends of certain English football stadia and comes from a famous battle.However, in which war or series of wars did this battle take place ?
The Battle of Spion Kop was a battle in the Boer War.
If you believe this answer is in error, please submit a correction note.
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 Goon Show, The - Volume 14 - Needle Nardle Noo! - Spike Milligan Humor / Modern Classics
The Childe Harolde Rewarde, Queen Anne's Rain, The Battle of Spion Kop, The Gold Plate Robbery.
From 1952 to 1960 the Goons ruled the airwaves, the most celebrated and influencial clowns in the history of radio.
Or join soggy Squire Seagoon as he gets bogged down in Queen Anne's Rain (the floods are rising at 3s 6d an hour, Ned)and thrill to the heroics of 5th Lt. Seagoon at the battle of Spion Kop (intelligence has established that the people who are attacking him are the enemy).
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