Category Archives: Battlefield Tours

The year 2017 – A review on the run

What it is all about. My trusty old Condor at the De Jagersdrift turn-off. I was on my way to the Blood river museum here. This year had proven to be an exceptionally good year, so far. To be quite … Continue reading

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The year of 2017 – a sign of things to come…??

The famed English writer, Ian Knight, on one of his regular tours to South Africa. He leads a comprehensive tour every year. Our own year at History’s walk started out as demurely as the one before, and the one after … Continue reading

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So, you want to do a Battlefield Tour…? here’s a few thoughts.

So, you want to do a battlefield tour in the far-off wastelands of the ancient Zulu Kingdom, do you….? Here is a pointer or two: I am a specialist military history guide, and I do battlefield tours. I have been … Continue reading

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A veteran tourist and battlefield guide….

After Rob Gerrard’s memorial service at St. Vincents’ a few observations of this event and the people involved in this business made me think about the profession of battlefield guiding. There are currently three distinct groups of guides operating on … Continue reading

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The Silent Ones

The last shots in our border war in Namibia and Angola were fired in 1989, maybe even 1990. Many of us were there. Many of us were not there. The hundreds of thousands of us that were there, and did … Continue reading

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“By the power invested in me, soldier…..”

For far too long have we neglected this treasure. David Rattray knew this from the beginning. I never saw eye to eye with him, but we were never enemies. There is a number of guides shaping and building their own … Continue reading

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A Professional Battlefield Guide – some personal opinions by Johann Hamman

What does a Professional Battlefield Guide Really Do? I have published this article on my Linked-In profile as well. Any good battlefield guide, especially in KZN, will know that guiding clients around any battlefield in the province is one of … Continue reading

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A battlefield analysis with the 4th Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s at Isandlwana

The Duke of Lancaster’s, on the right, with Lt.-Col. Lighten on the right. We briefly, applied the following principles to each of the two battles mentioned, and discussed and absored it as the day allowed. Permit me to state that if … Continue reading

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Touring the Kwazulu-Natal battlefields – a current perspective from a battlefield guide…

Yes, that is me, standing next to the Covenant wagon at the site of the Battle of Blood River. Like I have said, I tour any Natal battlefield you can think of, (that is not further than a day’s ride, … Continue reading

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Touring the KZN Battlefields: A tour guide’s musings on smaal irritations like the fuel price

Our Southern Hemisphere winter is just sort of expiring, and the weather has been sort of psychotic up to now, to put it mildly. Howling gales, scorching berg winds one day, with a sudden drop in temperature late afternoon, which … Continue reading

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