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The Petticoat Commando

Johanna Brandt

In introducing the English version of this book I venture to bespeak a welcome for it, not only for the light which it throws on some little-known incidents of the South African war, but also because of the keen personal interest of the events recorded. It is more than a history. It is a dramatic picture of the hopes and fears, the devotion and bitterness with which some patriotic women in Pretoria watched and, as far as they could, took part in the war which was slowly drawing to its conclusion on the veld outside.I do not associate myself with the opinions expressed by the writer as to the causes of the war or the methods adopted to bring it to an end, or as to the policy which led to the Concentration Camps, and the causes of the terrible mortality which prevailed during the first months of their existence. On these matters many readers will hold different opinions from the writer, or will prefer to let judgment be in suspense and to look to the historian of the future for a final verdict. We are still too near the events to be impartial. But this book does not challenge or invite controversy. Fortunately for South Africa, most of us on both sides can now discuss the events of the war without bitterness and understand and respect the feelings of those who were most sharply divided by these events from ourselves.The greater part of the narrative comes from a diary kept during the war with unusual fullness and vividness. The difficulty experienced by the writer of the diary in communicating to friends outside Pretoria information about what was passing inside, and in unburdening herself of the feelings roused in her by the events of the war, made the diary more than usually intimate. To understand fully many of the narratives which have been transferred from it to this book, it must be remembered that one is reading, not something written from memory years after the event, but rather the record of a conversation at the time, in which the diarist is describing the events as if to a friend who shares to the full a

In introducing the English version of this book I venture to bespeak a welcome for it, not only for the light which it throws on some little-known incidents of the South African war, but also because of the keen personal interest of the events recorded. It is more than a history. It is a dramatic picture of the hopes and fears, the devotion and bitterness with which some patriotic women in Pretoria watched and, as far as they could, took part in the war which was slowly drawing to its conclusion on the veld outside.I do not associate myself with the opinions expressed by the writer as to the causes of the war or the methods adopted to bring it to an end, or as to the policy which led to the Concentration Camps, and the causes of the terrible mortality which prevailed during the first months of their existence. On these matters many readers will hold different opinions from the writer, or will prefer to let judgment be in suspense and to look to the historian of the future for a final verdict. We are still too near the events to be impartial. But this book does not challenge or invite controversy. Fortunately for South Africa, most of us on both sides can now discuss the events of the war without bitterness and understand and respect the feelings of those who were most sharply divided by these events from ourselves.The greater part of the narrative comes from a diary kept during the war with unusual fullness and vividness. The difficulty experienced by the writer of the diary in communicating to friends outside Pretoria information about what was passing inside, and in unburdening herself of the feelings roused in her by the events of the war, made the diary more than usually intimate. To understand fully many of the narratives which have been transferred from it to this book, it must be remembered that one is reading, not something written from memory years after the event, but rather the record of a conversation at the time, in which the diarist is describing the events as if to a friend who shares to the full a
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In introducing the English version of this book I venture to bespeak a welcome for it, not only for the light which it throws on some little-known incidents of the South African war, but also because of the keen personal interest of the events recorded. It is more than a history. It is a dramatic picture of the hopes and fears, the devotion and bitterness with which some patriotic women in Pretoria watched and, as far as they could, took part in the war which was slowly drawing to its conclusion on the veld outside.I do not associate myself with the opinions expressed by the writer as to the causes of the war or the methods adopted to bring it to an end, or as to the policy which led to the Concentration Camps, and the causes of the terrible mortality which prevailed during the first months of their existence. On these matters many readers will hold different opinions from the writer, or will prefer to let judgment be in suspense and to look to the historian of the future for a final verdict. We are still too near the events to be impartial. But this book does not challenge or invite controversy. Fortunately for South Africa, most of us on both sides can now discuss the events of the war without bitterness and understand and respect the feelings of those who were most sharply divided by these events from ourselves.The greater part of the narrative comes from a diary kept during the war with unusual fullness and vividness. The difficulty experienced by the writer of the diary in communicating to friends outside Pretoria information about what was passing inside, and in unburdening herself of the feelings roused in her by the events of the war, made the diary more than usually intimate. To understand fully many of the narratives which have been transferred from it to this book, it must be remembered that one is reading, not something written from memory years after the event, but rather the record of a conversation at the time, in which the diarist is describing the events as if to a friend who shares to the full a

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

10h 8m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

03:27


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

17:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

22:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

32:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:26