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  Siege of Mafeking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Siege of Mafeking was a decisive victory for the British and a crushing defeat for the Boers.
The siege was finally lifted on May 17, 1900, when British forces commanded by Colonel B T Mahon of the army of Lord Roberts relieved the town after fighting their way in.
The resistance to the siege was one of the positive highlights, and it and the eventual relief of the town excited the liveliest sympathy in Britain.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Siege_of_Mafeking   (967 words)

 Mafeking Cadet Corps - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mafeking Cadet Corps was a group of boy cadets during the Siege of Mafeking in South Africa.
At the end of the siege, 38 Cadets were awarded the Defence of Mafeking bar to the Queen's South Africa Medal.
The Mafeking Cadets are sometimes called the first Boy Scouts, although they were not Scouts in the true sense, as they did not take a Scout Promise.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mafeking_Cadet_Corps   (555 words)

 MAFEKING - LoveToKnow Article on MAFEKING
Mafeking is thus an important trading and distributing centre for Bechuanaland and the western Transvaal.
Mafeking was originally the headquarters of the Barolong tribe of Bechuana and is still their largest station, the native location (pop.
The fate of the town had excited the liveliest sympathy in England, and the exuberant rejoicings in London on the news of its relief led to the coining of the word ma.fficking to describe the behaviour of crowds on occasions of extravagant demonstrations of a national kind.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /M/MA/MAFEKING.htm   (336 words)

 Siege of Mafeking - TheBestLinks.com - Relief of Mafeking, Acetylene, British Empire, British Army, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Siege of Mafeking was the most famous British action in the second Anglo-Boer War.
Mafeking was first shelled on the 16 October after Baden-Powell ignored Cronje's 9 o'clock deadline to surrender.
The siege was finally lifted on May 17 1900, when British forces commanded by Colonel B T Mahon of the army of Lord Frederick Roberts relieved the town after fighting their way in.
www.thebestlinks.com /Relief_of_Mafeking.html   (888 words)

 Mafeking - the place of stones   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Mafeking is the name the English colonists gave to Mafikeng, a town in the dusty, sparesly populated northern Cape.
Earlier Mafeking had been used as the base for the Jameson Raid - an unsuccesful raid by the British colonists against the Dutch speaking Boer republic of Transvaal.
As the war drew closer, Colonel Baden-Powell was commissioned to raise a force in Rhodesia to defend the border on the north of the Transvaal republic.
www.scouting.org.za /seeds/mafeking.html   (515 words)

 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sometimes the besiegers and the number of guns diminished, forces being detached to prevent the advance of Plumer's relieving column from the north; but as those who remained held their forts, which it was beyond the power of the British to storm, the garrison was not much the better for the alleviation.
From a mere tin-roofed village Mafeking had become a prize of victory, a stake which should be the visible sign of the predominating manhood of one or other of the great white races of South Africa.
So in a small blaze of glory ended the historic siege of Mafeking, for Eloffs attack was the last, though by no means the worst of the trials which the garrison had to face.
pinetreeweb.com /conan-doyle-mafeking.htm   (5776 words)

 Mafeking   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Siege of Mafeking was one of those events the emotional impact of which far outweighed its actual military importance.
The South African town of Mafeking was besieged by the Boers from Oct. 12, 1899, to May 17, 1900.
Mafeking is located some 850 miles northeast of Cape Town, near the border with Botswana.
www.stampnotes.com /Notes_from_the_Past/pastnote445.htm   (275 words)

 The Times History of the War in South Africa. Editor: L. S. Amery.
In 1897 the railway was extended to Buluwayo from Mafeking.
Those on the western border had never ceased to feel a sense of grievance that it was not theirs, while the whole nation, since the Jameson raid, regarded it with apprehension in the hands of the English as a convenient starting-point for an expeditionary force against their capital.
On the clay appointed the monster gun duly opened fire, but although the noise of the shells was alarming and their effect on the mud walls destructive, their only serious result was that one man and one horse were slightly wounded, and once more the death of a chicken was reported from the garrison poultry-yard.
www.pinetreeweb.com /times-history-04-17.htm   (8699 words)

 Siege of Mafeking Definition / Siege of Mafeking Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
It took place at the town of Mafeking (now MafikengMafikeng is the capital of the North West Province, South Africa, 870 miles NE of Cape Town and 492 miles SSW of Bulawayo by rail, and 162 miles in a direct line W by N of Johannesburg.
It is built on the open veldt, at an elevation of 4,194 feet, by the banks of the Upper Molopo River, is 9 miles W of the western frontier of the defunct Transvaal and 15 miles S of the southern boundary of Botswana.
The Siege of Mafeking was a decisive victory for the British and a crushing defeat for the BoersAfrikaners (sometimes known as Boers) are white South Africans, predominantly of Calvinist Dutch, German, French Huguenot, Friesian and Walloon descent who speak Afrikaans.
www.elresearch.com /Siege_of_Mafeking   (489 words)

 The Mafeking Siege Cancel
Frederick Lawrence, Ph.D. The investment of the siege of Mafeking began in mid-October, 1899 at the beginning of the Second Anglo-Boer War.
"MAFEKING C.G.H." squared circle date stamp (Goldblatt SC 6), which had been in use since November 1895, when British Bechuanaland, in which Mafeking was then located, was annexed by the Cape of Good Hope.
J.V. Howat, who continued to function in his position during the siege, the 25mm "Mafeking Seige" was used to cancel all siege mail.
www.sossi.org /articles/siegecancel.htm   (489 words)

 Speiderhistorie.no : 1900 - Mafeking-seddel
The Siege lasted until May 17th 1900 and as there were less than 1500 people of European's descent in Mafeking, the number of Siege Notes issued and is extremely limited.
It was during the Siege of Mafeking that the Mafeking Cadets came to prominence who many people consider to be the first Boy Scouts.
Without the fame accorded to B-P as the 'Hero of Mafeking' it is doubtful that he could ever have gone on to gain enough support to form the world's largest youth organistion.
www.speiderhistorie.no /index.php?artikkel=55   (252 words)

 "Johnny" Walker's Pages on Milestones to Scouting - The Mafeking Cadets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Mafeking was as class-conscious as the rest of Victorian society and it must have seemed fitting that the son of so worthy a father should hold rank himself, despite his age.
Mafeking was saved by a combination of many factors, not least the ingenuity of B-P and the courage of the besieged, both fl and white.
Linden Bradfield Webster's Reminiscences of the Siege of Mafeking.
www.scoutingmilestones.freeserve.co.uk /cadets.htm   (5252 words)

The siege of Mafeking was the most celebrated siege of the second Boer War.
When the siege of Mafeking began he was outnumbered and outgunned by the Boer army.
The Mafeking Cadets had their own uniform: khaki uniforms, wide-brimmed hats (with the brim turned up on one side), or caps.
www.barking-dagenham-scouts.org.uk /scouting_mafeking.html   (442 words)

 The Great Boer War - The Siege Of Mafeking
On October 12th, the day after the declaration of war, an armoured train conveying two 7-pounders for the Mafeking defences was derailed and captured by a Boer raiding party at Kraaipan, a place forty miles south of their destination.
Sometimes the besiegers and the number of guns diminished, forces being detached to prevent the advance of Plumer's relieving column from the north; but as those who remained held their forts, which it was beyond the power of the British to storm, the garrison was now much the better for the alleviation.
With his weak force--which never exceeded a thousand men, and was usually from six to seven hundred--he had to keep the long line behind him open, build up the ruined railway in front of him, and gradually creep onwards in face of a formidable and enterprising enemy.
www.free-ebooks-uk.netfirms.com /great-boer-war/24-the-siege-of-mafeking.html   (5584 words)

 The Siege of Mafeking / Iain R. Smith, academic editor.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
When the opening shots of the South African War reverberated across the world on 12 October 1899, the small, dusty border town of Mafeking, with the adjacent Barolong settlement, was garrisoned and plunged into the privations, dangers and destruction of a siege.
Although not of major military importance, the seven-month-long siege became one of the most famous episodes of the war, and the fate of the town assumed a symbolic importance for Britain and the Empire.
To mark the centenary of the South African War 1899-1902, The Brenthurst press has revisited this controversial episode with a comprehensive re-examination of the Siege of Mafeking, inspired initially by a major manuscript collection in the Brenthurst Library.
www.up.ac.za /asservices/ais/gw/mafeking.htm   (433 words)

 The Siege of Mafeking   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The siege of the two towns lasted until 17 May 1900, a total of 217 days.
We wished him joy and hoped that his next birthday would find him between both his mother and father and not in a similar state to this, when the distance and the enemy between (and with broken means of communication) completely debar one from sending him and his mother a congratulatory wire.
The present siege has not been an exception to this rule for Natives have always figured pre-eminently in its chief correspondence.
www.museumsnc.co.za /mcgregor/departments/history/blacksinwar/mafsiege/mafeking.htm   (2978 words)

 McGonagall Online: The Relief of Mafeking
However the siege could also be a most civilised affair: a cease-fire was observed every Sunday and the garrison amused themselves with concerts and cricket matches.
Late in the siege the Boer commander sent Powell a note that he and his friends proposed to come into town and play cricket, Powell replied "My side is in at present and yours is in the field.
As the siege wore on, supplies of food and fodder began to dwindle and rations grew shorter and shorter.
www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk /poems/mpgmafeking.htm   (1292 words)

 The 1899 - 1900 Mafeking Siege Notes and Paper
The small settlement of Mafeking was the vital rail link between the Cape Colony to the south and Bechuanaland, a new territory being explored for gold and minerals by Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company.
It was at Mafeking that the ill-fated Jameson raid which was launched against the Transvaal Republic on new year's day in 1896 - that made this vulnerable and isolated British-held settlement such a prize for the Boers under General Cronje - the leader who had earlier routed the British at Majuba.
His diary is amongst the finest of the many accounts of the siege, recording the activities of Mafeking's residents as well as the military aspects of the siege.
www.tokencoins.com /zar05.htm   (1825 words)

 "Johnny" Walker's Scouting Milestones Pages - The Mafeking Cadets
Charles Goodyear was one of the first residents of Mafeking and, because he was an architect, he was commissioned to provide a plan for the new railway town, opposite the native 'stadt' of Mafikeng, The Place of Stones, on the banks of the Molopo River.
During the Siege, he was given command of the Cape Boys, a unit of mixed race volunteers and on November 3rd, 1899 was shot through the thigh in an attack on the Brickyards in Mafeking.
Warner Goodyear left Mafeking in 1912 and moved to Randfontain, where he was employed as a gold miner and where died, aged 25, on May 24th, 1912, in a sporting accident.
www.scouting.milestones.btinternet.co.uk /cadets.htm   (5740 words)

In Mafeking Diary Sol Plaatje spends a lot of time describing and analyzing the strategy and tactics employed by the military forces at the siege of Mafeking.
In a battle like that for Mafeking the involvement of the civilians was obviously inevitable, though perhaps not to the extent that Sol Plaatje's diary suggests.
Analyze the role of news and propaganda in the siege of Mafeking using Sol Plaatje's Mafeking Diary.
www.cameron.edu /~dougc/dochtertje.htm   (673 words)

 The Siege Collection: The Siege of Kars, 1855/The Boer War: Ladysmith and Mafeking, 1900/The Siege of the Peking ...
Starting with The Siege of Kars, this little-known siege lasted five months and took place during the Crimean War, in the remote mountains of eastern Turkey.
The Boer War: Ladysmith and Mafeking contains despatches describing the siege and relief of both Ladysmith and Mafeking, as reported by the commanders in the field.
The Siege of the Peking Embassy tells the story of how the diplomatic staff in Peking, China, were cut off from the outside world during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.
www.indiaplaza.com /books/pd.aspx?sku=0117024643   (234 words)

 CHSSCOUT.NET > Archives - Articles, Resources, Maps, Games, Recipes, Camping   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Historians debate about the events that led up to the siege of Mafeking, but the 217 day siege is one of the most fascinating stories in military strategy.
BP was supposed to have a highly trained commando force under his command to use in fighting the Boers.
Mafeking was a trade center for its area, and had been the center for the region's government.
www.chsscout.net /rescenter/docs/mafeking.shtm   (784 words)

 Siege of Mafeking 1899
Mafeking is a town in South Africa that was founded by in 1885.
During the Boer War the town garrison under the command of Colonel Robert Baden-Powell was under siege by Boers from 12 October 1899 to 17 May 1900.
Both Colin and the webmaster would be very interested to hear from descendants of W Dowling.
www.dowlingfamily.info /i1899mafeking1.htm   (316 words)

 U.S. Scouting Service Project - Professor Beaver: Relief of Mafeking Campout Pages - Introduction
During the 217 day siege the Boer forces fired 20,000 shells into the town and nearly 326 of B-P's force were killed.
Nearly a hundred years after the Siege of Mafeking, the exploits and wisdom of Baden-Powell still inspire and serve as wonderful opportunities for great fun in the game of Scouting.
Troop 3 of Cincinnait, Ohio recently used the Siege of Mafeking as its theme for a wonderful and memorable outing.
www.usscouts.org /usscouts/profbvr/relief_of_mafeking/rom1.html   (971 words)

 ZA@Play - Books: Boy, oh boy! Such prose! 03/08/99
Ungracious, dishonest, a hypocrite and proto-fascist (charges Pat Hopkins and Heather Dugmore effectively sustain), Baden-Powell is remembered for his military strategy in defending the siege town and for, a few years later, founding the Boy Scouts movement.
Anything that brings that history to light is valuable, especially in the siege centenary year when, as AndrĂ© Brink points out, there will be an urge to “perpetuate myth and reinforce stereotypes”.
Their final chapters (and these work well) highlight the significance of the siege, the relations between English and Afrikaner, the role of the British government and the increasingly ferocious oppression of the fl majority, from the 1913 Land Act onwards.
www.chico.mweb.co.za /mg/books/9908/990803-boy.html   (481 words)

 Amazon.ca: Editorial Reviews Books: The Boy: Baden-Powell and the Siege of Mafeking   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In reality, the authors of this revisionist history assert that he was the "Monster of Mafeking" --- responsible for untold tragedy during the siege of that town in the South African War.
In this highly controversial look at events surrounding Mafeking, the Tshidi-Barolong inhabitants of nearby Mahikeng, the native "stadt" just outside Mafeking, emerge as the real luminaries in the drama of the siege.
When the glossy cover is jerked from the fetid pit that is Mafeking, a crime unfolds that is beyond denunciation.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/books/1868722627/reviews   (407 words)

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