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My Name is History, and my Art is War – Blood on iTaleni Hill

VOORTREKKER-ZULU CONFRONTATIONS OF 1838 The Vlugkommando and the Battle of Italeni, April 11, 1838 PART 1 Introduction The Battle of Blood River is one of those epic confrontations in the momentous history of this country that has held people in … Continue reading

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My name is History, and my Art is War.

A battlefield tour is probably the last thing you are thinking about right now. I have been conducting battlefield tours in this part of the world for over twelve years now, and the people I have met many people lured … 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 am known … 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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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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Tripadvisor – a special curse, or misunderstood marketing tool.

We have all had that moment when that first negative review appears on whatever booking site you and your establishment may find itself.  We at History’s Walk B&B were negatively reviewed in 2009 by an American visitor and his girlfriend, … Continue reading

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My reading list…..

My reading list (so far…..) 1. Boer Wars 1815-1902 Farwell, Byron, The Great Boer War, , MacKays of Chatham,  Chatham, Kent, Wordsworth 1999 Edition Crisp, Robert, The Outlanders: The story of the men who made Johannesburg, Mayflower Books Ltd., 1074, … Continue reading

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