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Russian involvement 8 years 11 months ago #5676

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Hi Does anyone have information about the Russian involvement. How many and what action did they see.

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In Hall's Handbook of the Boer War it states that the following took part on the Boer Side.....

First to Arrive :-

German Corps: Klip River, Elandslaagte, De Aar, Colesburg, Nicholson's Nek, Modderspruit, SpioenKop, Vaalkrans, Vet River, Donkerhoek, Middleburg, Belfast and Bergendal.

Hollander Corps: Elandslaagte

Irish Brigade (2): Ladysmith, Brandfort, Dundee, Weltevereden

Scandinavian Corps: Magersfontein, Mafeking

Later arrivals and in smaller numbers, were:

French Corps: Boshof

Americans

Russians (First mention of Russians)

Swiss: Graskop

Hope that this is of some help and see the listing that I did on the Scandinavian Corps.....

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Hi Mike

Thanks for the info, although it mentions Russians, I know there were about 150, mostly volunteers from the Transvaal and not soldiers, do you have anything else?
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Re: Russian involvement 8 years 10 months ago #6193

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You might like to see Apollon Davidson and Irina Filatova, The Russians and the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. They are two Soviet historians who have written at length on this subject both before and after the collapse of the communist regime. Best of all, I found the first 80 or so pages of their book on the web only yesterday.

On 26 June 1900, on a ridge near Lindley in Free State, Captain AEM Norton DSO, 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen, shot dead a Russian in the uniform of a Russian naval lieutenant. The shot was fired over 1,200 yards. Norton was my grandfather.

A fortnight ago, in the Pretoria cemetery, I stumbled over the grave of Lt Boris von Strolman, killed near Lindley on 26 June 1900 and reinterred in Pretoria a few years later at the request of his mother in Moscow. From other evidence I'm confident this is Norton's man. On p.40 Davidson and Filatova state that Strolman, presumably a member of the Baltic German nobility which had served the Russian state for centuries, was both a volunteer and an observer for the Russian armed forces. So too was a Lt Alexander Guchkov, later Minister for War in the ill-fated Provisonal Government in 1917.

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Hi Tony

Thank you for providing some little known but very interesting information. It seems that the Boer War had a nearly endless number of unusual participants who engaged in numerous incidents in obscure places. It takes a researcher such as yourself to bring this information to our attention.

Good luck with your continuing research.

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