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Re: Breaker Morant

From: Nick
Date: 10/7/2001
Time: 8:49:25 PM
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The "dirty" element of this war was that the distinction between soldier and combatant become fuzzy. The British could be accused of targeting non-combatants when they instituted the concentration camp system or used "prisoners" as shields by placing them in carriages in front of locomotives to prevent them being blown up or by burning farms of Boer sympathisers. The Boers also burned Farms of British sympathisers. Morant makes this point very clear in his "Rule 303" outburst. He basically says his means justified the ends. Witton says their strategies were very successful as the Boer guerillas were less active in their region. However, this may be a personal interpretation, not substantiated by fact.


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