Battle of Modder River, November 28, 1899

Battle of Modder River, November 28, 1899. 1899-1900. A Sutherland, artist. G.W. Bacon & Co., London, publisher. Lithograph, 78.9 x 57.3 cm. Fifth in collection of 7 chromolithographic plates of panoramic battle scenes, by Sutherland. This plate depicts long lines of British infantry and artillery firing across river at enemy in distant background. Source: The Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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In order readily to distinguish the different regiments the home uniforms have been retained (the majority of our troops fought in khaki).

"The hardest and most trying Fight in the Annals of the British Army"—Battle lasting all day—Our Troops fighting under a hot sun without food or water—Enemy skilfully entrenched and well led—A deadly fusillade—Swimming the Modder under fire—General Methuen and Count Gleichen wounded—Staff Officer Shot—"The whole place strewn with bullets"—"Tons of shrapnel shells"—Night brings an end to the terrible work.

"The Gordons fight their way till final ridge is neared with every Officer down—with bugles sounding. Bagpipes playing- the Battle a confused surge—the men yelling, sweep forward and the position is won,"

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