Christian De Wet

Chief Commandant General Christian De Wet


Source: Rompel’s Heroes of the Boer War, 128.

“Oom Chrisjan first made his mark at Blauwbank, on the 15th of February 1900. News had come that the English were marching from the South in the direction of Koffijfontein. Cronje thought that they meant to enter the Free State by Koffijfontein, and sent De Wet, with his own brother, Commandant Andries Cronje, to Blauwbankto repel the invasion. Here De Wet captured the enemy's huge convoy, and, as often happens when an officer takes suddenly a fine prize, established his reputation. Everyone talked of De Wet and even, for a moment, forgot the defeat of Cronje, who had, on the same day, 15 February 1900, evacuated the Magersfontein position, and the news that had come to band of the relief of Kimberley.” [continued below]

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