Military Review

Dani Theron: Men of the Second Boer War 1899–1902.

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Monument to Dany Theron at Fort Shanskop


“This child is a real devil, he is worth a whole regiment!
It's the damned Captain Rip-Head, the commander of the scouts...
Live, live! All the cavalrymen you have at your disposal, into the saddle!
In an instant were bridled and
saddled thirty horses.
And so the mad chase began...

Louis Boussinard: "Captain Blow Your Head"

Unknown Wars. So, the first round of the battle between the two Boer republics against the British Empire ended in victory for the latter. And, in principle, this is how it should be: wars are not won by border states, even if volunteers help them. Only in the event that another empire stands behind the back of a small state: then - yes, it will be possible to talk about something else.

But this was not the case with the Boers. The German Empire did not stand up for them, and Holland was too weak to protect the descendants of its colonists somewhere far away in Africa. However, without a doubt, the Second Anglo-Boer War, which began in 1899, stirred up the entire world community of that time. And, of course, most people were on the side of the Boers. The refrain sounded from the pages of the newspapers: “a small and proud people are waging war against a huge empire for the right to live the way they want!”.

It is not surprising that volunteers from various countries of the world went to southern Africa, by the way, including Russia. The French writer Louis Boussinard also took the side of the Boers, who even before the end of the war published the best-selling novel “Captain Casse-Cou” (Le Capitaine Casse-Cou, 1901). In Russia, and then in the USSR, it was published and republished several times, and the editions of the 50s came out with wonderful graphic illustrations by Anatoly Kokorin (1908-1987).

In this novel, the young French hero demonstrates miracles of courage, gets into incredible troubles, but always emerges victorious from them. Reading this novel, people for the most part considered all this fiction and only a few at that time knew that the character who became the prototype of Jean Grandier from the novel is actually a real person, and his name was Daniel Johannes Stefanus Theron, and he is real, not fictional, the hero of the Boer War!

Dani Theron: Men of the Second Boer War 1899–1902.

The same statue from the other side. Two Mausers at once - that's cool!

Dani was born in Talbach, in the Cape Colony, on May 9, 1872, the ninth of 15 children in a family. His original home on Church Street is now a B&B and at the same time historical Museum. At the age of only 10, he had to leave his father's house and move to an older half-brother in Bethlehem in the Orange Free State. From there he went to Cape Town, where in 1889 he passed the schoolmaster's examination. He worked as a teacher in Neutgedacht and the Southpansberg district until he took a position as a clerk in a law firm in Pietersburg in 1893.

He wanted to become a people's lawyer, and this goal he achieved in 1897, when he passed the exam in Pretoria with the highest possible marks. In the same year, he opened his own law office in Krugersdorp and immediately became actively involved in politics. Theron was a supporter of General Piet Joubert, although he sympathized with President Paul Kruger. When Moneypenny, editor of The Star, published several derogatory articles about Krueger and the Boers in his newspaper, Dani Theron appeared at his office and demanded that he retract his words. He did not listen to him, and then, Theron beat him. The court sentenced him to a fine, which was collected by his supporters right in the courtroom. Theron also infiltrated the Rend Club to gather information about the Reformers gathering there and the planned Jameson raid.


This is how he was in real life...

Dany Theron first encountered military action back in 1894, when he was drafted into the Boer commando for the war in Malaboha. In battles, he showed courage and ... received Transvaal citizenship for her. Interestingly, the experience of participating in hostilities prompted him the idea of ​​​​using bicycles in war. At that time, the bicycle was in vogue. In England, Australia and New Zealand there were bicycle divisions, Theron decided that the bike was good for more.

Well, when the war broke out, Theron, along with his friend and cycling champion Joost Joost, proposed to the Transvaal government to give them permission to create a bicycle corps. They say that we will save the horses for the battle, and the cyclists will perform auxiliary functions in the army. He met with President Kruger and Commandant-General Joubert and proposed a contest between cyclist and rider to finally decide who wins.

And Joost took part in the 75-kilometer race from Pretoria to Crocodile River and ... won it. After which Dani Theron received permission to form a cyclist unit and immediately began placing advertisements in the newspapers of Johannesburg and Pretoria that he invited young Boers to join his unit. Soon there were 108 people in it, reduced to seven divisions led by their lieutenant. Each fighter was given a bicycle, trousers (shorts), a revolver, and sometimes a light gun, which was attached to the bicycle frame. Theron appointed himself the "commander in chief" of this detachment.


Boer cyclists scouts. Military Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

On September 9, 1899, the detachment began to carry out special operations. Before the outbreak of hostilities, cyclists were used to patrol the borders of Swaziland, they delivered reports and mail. Many Boers, just as described in Boussenard's novel, initially looked down on the "bicycle corps". But they soon changed their minds after the battle of Talan (Dundee) turned out to be the majority of the 246 British soldiers captured that day.


Exposition of the Military Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa

When General Kronje was surrounded by British troops near Pardeberg, General Christian de Wet developed a plan to save him. But it was necessary to get to him through the British positions and notify him of the impending operation. And de Wet sent Theron to him. He managed to get to the besieged Boer camp and informed the general about the impending cavalry attack on the British positions, which was supposed to break through the British ring and help Cronje get out of the encirclement. However, Cronje refused to follow this plan, and Theron again had to make his way through the lines of the British to notify de Wet!

When he returned, he reported that Cronje had abandoned the plan. And just two hours after his return, on the 10th day of the Battle of Paardeberg, General Cronje and 3 of his fighters surrendered to Lord Roberts.


General Christian Rudolf de Wet (1854–1922)

De Wet later wrote in his memoirs:

“... Dani Theron, the famous cyclist captain, arrived at my camp the day before. I asked him if he would deliver my oral message to General Cronje - I dared not send a written message lest it fall into the hands of the British. Immediately came a proud and determined answer, the only answer a hero like Dany Theron could give: "Yes, General, I'll go." The risk I asked him to take was very great. I took him aside and told him that he should go and tell General Cronje that our fate depended on his escape, as well as the salvation of his soldiers, and that if he fell into the hands of the enemy, then it would be death ... a blow to all our hopes. Theron was to persuade Cronje to do so that very night and meet me at one of the two named places where I could protect him from English persecution.
Dani Theron has taken it upon himself to go through the enemy lines and relay my message. On the night of February 25, he went to carry out my assignment. The next evening I went to the meeting place, but to my great dismay, General Cronje was not there. On the morning of February 27, Theron returned. He accomplished a feat unparalleled. And on the way there, and on the way back, he crawled past the British sentries, tearing his trousers to tatters in the process. Blood flowed from his knees where the skin had been torn off. He said that he saw the general, but he said that he did not think that the plan I proposed had a good chance of success.
By ten o'clock on the same day, General Cronje surrendered to the British. My disappointment was bitter. Alas! My last attempt was in vain. The stubborn general didn't want to listen to good advice."

(Taken from The Three Years' War by General H. R. de Wet)

In March 1900, General de Wet commissioned Dany Theron to create his own intelligence unit, Theron's Intelligence Corps (RCT). In doing so, Dani Theron was allowed to freely recruit men of his choice from both Boer republics. General de Wet once said that he had never seen a more colorful group of men from all over the world than the RKT. The corps consisted of about 80 people on horseback and was supposed to be engaged in reconnaissance and participate in partisan actions.


Theron Intelligence Corps at work

In the novel "Captain Break the Head" the latter is bred by Boussenard as the embodiment of all conceivable and inconceivable virtues. His living prototype in this regard was not a “leaf hero”. For example, he was very impatient and very demanding. He demanded a lot from himself and from his people, and was known for his very tough, albeit fair leadership style. People were afraid of his temper, but respected his honesty and recognized his intellectual superiority. And they were ready to follow him to hell and… back.

Among his combat operations, some are similar to those described by Boussinard, but some are completely unique. Thus, it was he and his men at Glen Siding, north of Bleomfontein, who destroyed the railway bridge and there took four British officers (!) and one soldier prisoner.

At Kari Siding, Captain Dany Theron and 17 of his men fought against General Tucker's vanguard of about 400 British soldiers and held them back for a full day. British losses from their fire amounted to 30 killed, 155 wounded and ... 5 missing.

As a result, the British commander-in-chief, Lord Roberts, called Dany Theron "the main thorn in the body of the British offensive" and placed a £1 bounty on his head - dead or alive. Considering that a maid in Natal received only from one to one and a half pounds a month, then this is just a huge amount!

At a council of war in the Chamber of Deputies in Pretoria, Dani Theron delivered a fiery speech, calling anyone who thinks about peace a coward and a traitor. And Generals Stein, de Wet, Smuts and Botha decide that the honor of the Boer people requires a war to the death. Dany Theron and his men then capture three British field guns and destroy their crews during a skirmish at Buchan Kop near Lindley.


Opponents of Theron's corps are British cyclists!

General Broadwood, with about 4 British troops, attacks Dany Theron and his men. The battle breaks up into a series of skirmishes. Theron's losses were eight killed, the British losses five killed and 000 wounded.

Next on the account of Dany Theron and his people is the capture of a British train. After a little shooting, Theron disarmed and captured 102 Welsh gunners on this train. Moreover, he personally took care of the wounded British soldiers and even shared his last water ration with one of them.

For all these exploits, General de Wet promoted Theron in rank. Now he has become a commandant!

It was Dany Theron and his men who derailed the British train carrying US Consul General Colonel Stowe at Holfontein Siding. In violation of US neutrality, Stowe attempted to hide two British intelligence officers in his private carriage. But this did not save them from captivity.

At the Battle of Tygerport, General de Wet's field guns on top of a steep wooded hill near the Van Wuurenskloof Pass were in danger of being lost due to the advance of Lord Methuen's troops. Dani Theron and 14 of his men, with great effort, dragged these guns by hand to safety down the hill, losing only one wagon of ammunition in the process.

Dani Theron and 10 of his men entered the occupied city of Rudeport and robbed the railway station. After that, Commandant Theron and his men storm the Klip Riviere prison southwest of Johannesburg and free 69 prisoners, most of whom immediately joined his commando.


Exploded bridge over the Waal river

Bussenard's novel has an "open ending", we do not know what fate awaits Captain Rip-head, and ... we hope that this time he will succeed and he will remain alive and return to France with his friend Fanfan-Tulip. But this is a book...

In life, however, everything was completely different, and the real Dani Theron actually died.
While in Hatsrand, he decided to attack General Hart's column. Theron went on a solo reconnaissance mission and ran into seven British cavalry about six kilometers north of present-day Fochville. With well-aimed shots, he killed three and wounded four Englishmen. But many other riders were looking for shots, who, with joint efforts, immediately attacked the hill on which he sat down. Apparently, the British decided that there were many enemy soldiers there, since Theron fired a lot and often from there, and they deployed the artillery of the column against him: six field guns and one 4,7-inch naval gun. It was in this veritable hell of lyddite and shell fragments that Theron died (taken from The Boer War Chronology by Peter G. Cloet).

Here the British buried him, but on September 15, 1900, the soldiers of the detachment exhumed the body of their brave commander and reburied him at the family cemetery of the Pienaar family near Fauchville.

And on March 10, 1903, the last will of Dany Theron, set out in his will, was fulfilled. His body was reburied next to that of his beloved late fiancée Hanni Nietling, who died of pneumonia shortly before their wedding, on her father's farm on the Klip River. The great hero returned to the one he loved all his life. Their souls united in heaven!

On December 28, 1907, Generals Botha and Smuts unveiled a monument to Dany Theron near Potchefstrom so that the people for whom he gave his life would remember the hero.

And on March 6, 2002, former South African President Nelson Mandela unveiled a new monument to Dany Theron outside the Union building in Pretoria. It was one of the very rare occasions when Mr. Mandela spoke Afrikaans in public. In his speech, the former president praised Dany Theron's fighting spirit, his integrity, courage and determination to fight for his people and his beliefs. Nelson Mandela said that contemporary South Africa needs more of the likes of Dani Theron to meet the challenges it faces.


In 1970, the Dany Theron Medal was established in South Africa, which is awarded for diligent service in the ranks of the South African army (at least 10 years of service)

The school of scouts is also named after him.

Well, in 1983, the feature film "Dani Theron" was filmed in South Africa, telling about his life and death ...

PS


By the way, one of the younger brothers of the legendary intelligence officer, Charles, became the great-grandfather of ... the famous Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron! Such are the zigzags of fate!
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  1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
    Kote Pan Kokhanka 21 March 2022 04: 52
    +10
    That's it for me!
    Thanks Vyacheslav Olegovich for the morning article with coffee with milk !!!
    1. kalibr
      21 March 2022 06: 21
      +5
      Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
      under coffee with milk!

      What a pleasure to read that you care about your health.
  2. Catfish
    Catfish 21 March 2022 05: 35
    +6
    Good morning dear friends! smile

    Thanks to Vyacheslav for an interesting story, I have never heard anything about this man. And his, indeed, heroic death in battle, this is a real shame for the British army, it is necessary to deploy artillery for a war with a single person, a shame. He, even dead, laughed at his enemies!
    Dani Theron is dead! It was very difficult to replace him with someone else: there are, of course, many nice and brave people like him in the world; but to find a person who, like him, combined such a mass of qualities in his one personality is tricky. Together with courage, he possessed military intelligence and extraordinary energy, ”said General Christian De Wet.


    PS Judging by the photographs of the monument, Dany Theron was a big fan of the products of the Mauser brothers, both a pistol and a rifle. smile
    1. Lech from Android.
      Lech from Android. 21 March 2022 05: 40
      +5
      A free spirit and a developed mind are an explosive mixture.
      A lot of people live within internal limitations... and when he is freed from at least part of them, what happens is that we see in the affairs of these outstanding people.
      1. kalibr
        21 March 2022 06: 23
        +6
        Quote: Lech from Android.
        A lot of people live within internal limitations... and when he is freed from at least part of them, what happens is that we see in the affairs of these outstanding people.

        What a brilliant phrase! If yours is 100% - can I ask you to allow it to be used as an epigraph?
        1. Lech from Android.
          Lech from Android. 21 March 2022 09: 09
          +3
          Yes, of course. hi
          Thoughts come to me by themselves... I'm not looking for them. smile
          1. kalibr
            21 March 2022 21: 05
            +2
            Quote: Lech from Android.
            Thoughts come to me.

            You can be congratulated! Thanks!
    2. astra wild2
      astra wild2 21 March 2022 10: 37
      +5
      Uncle Kostya, maybe this sculptor is a fan of Mauser?
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 21 March 2022 19: 38
        +2
        Good evening, Vera. smile I don’t think, most likely the sculptor had good consultants, and there were enough photos.
    3. vladcub
      vladcub 21 March 2022 18: 08
      +2
      "both a pistol and a rifle" Kostya, greetings. In principle, this is understandable: for that period, the S-96 was the most advanced of the army pistols.
      Would you turn down an extra carabiner? I would not refuse. The only pity is that the cartridges are not interchangeable. It is necessary to somehow separate the patch
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 21 March 2022 19: 40
        +2
        Glory hi , C96 was never an "army pistol", lovers of this weapon bought it exclusively at their own expense.
        1. vladcub
          vladcub 21 March 2022 20: 58
          0
          I later remembered that I blurted something out. But that period he was the most powerful
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 21 March 2022 21: 09
            0
            That one of the most powerful - that's for sure.
            But there was an even more powerful option chambered for 9x19Para.

            The so-called Mauser C-96 "Red Nine" - "Red Nine".
            1. vladcub
              vladcub 21 March 2022 21: 16
              +1
              the "red nine" went later, but for the time of the Anglo-Boer War ... I don't know ANYTHING else
              1. Catfish
                Catfish 21 March 2022 21: 20
                0
                Of course later, but I spoke about Mauser in general, not only for that war. smile
  3. Korsar4
    Korsar4 21 March 2022 06: 36
    +4
    Didn't read it during "Captain Blow Your Head". Thought it might be time. Although each book has its own time.
    1. kalibr
      21 March 2022 06: 57
      +4
      Quote: Korsar4
      Although each book has its own time.

      You just read it differently. At the age of 12, you follow the adventures of a hero. And at 60 you note details, inaccuracies, excessive pathos and where the author got it from ...
      1. Korsar4
        Korsar4 21 March 2022 07: 35
        +2
        That's it. Read by Dumas as a teenager - re-read. Five years later, Ascanio falls into the hands of - it is impossible to read.
    2. Catfish
      Catfish 21 March 2022 06: 59
      +4
      Although each book has its own time.

      This is for sure, in my opinion it’s no longer worth reading, I didn’t read Dunno at one time, but now try it - there won’t be that buzz.
      "Each vegetable has its own fruit!" wink
      1. Korsar4
        Korsar4 21 March 2022 07: 37
        +4
        “And the collection of naval flags belonging to Herr Grunitz remained the most complete and the first in the world” (c).
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 21 March 2022 08: 13
          +4
          "- I thought so .. Kamchatka is where it's cold! I always confuse these two names. Guatemala is where it's hot." (c)
          1. Korsar4
            Korsar4 21 March 2022 19: 58
            +2
            “It was necessary to somehow lower the price of bananas, to destroy this extra real. We decided that this would be the fastest way ”(c).
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 21 March 2022 20: 00
              +1
              "In banana-lemon Singapore, in the storm,
              When the ocean sings and cries
              And drives in a blinding azure
              A distant caravan of birds, "(c)
              1. Korsar4
                Korsar4 21 March 2022 20: 08
                +1
                “So sometimes in the mysterious desert
                Flashing images of distant, wonderful countries.
                But these are ghosts, and again the sky is blue,
                And a tired caravan goes into the distance ”(c).
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 21 March 2022 20: 14
                  +1
                  "And the fragment of the statue kept the words:
                  “I am Ozymandius, I am the powerful king of kings!
                  Take a look at my great deeds
                  Lords of all times, all countries and all seas! "
                  There is nothing around ... Deep silence ...
                  The desert is dead ... And the skies above it ... "(c)
                  1. Korsar4
                    Korsar4 21 March 2022 20: 53
                    +1
                    "There is no need for unfulfilled dreams,
                    No beautiful utopias.
                    We old solve the issue:
                    Who are we in this old Europe? " (from).
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish 21 March 2022 20: 58
                      +1
                      "In vain, all of Europe will move against Russia: it will find Thermopylae, Leonidas and its coffin there." (c)
                      1. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 21 March 2022 21: 14
                        +1
                        "Dry your tears, rest a little, I am a Russian road,
                        Move away, and I will cover you with mud and water ”(c).
                      2. Catfish
                        Catfish 21 March 2022 21: 21
                        +1
                        "Well, General, now you know how many kilometers in a Russian verst." (c)
                      3. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 21 March 2022 21: 56
                        +1
                        “They were not called, is it really up to them,
                        Girls don't play war
                        They are getting more and more outfits
                        Yes, a midnight waltz ...
                        But they lit the side lights,
                        Not wanting a better share for yourself,
                        Our daughters, the countries of our daughter,
                        And their waltz swept
                        A whirlwind of fiery trails,
                        A whirlwind of fiery trails "(c).
                      4. Catfish
                        Catfish 21 March 2022 22: 37
                        +1
                        "Don't give a damn about the gossips, girls.
                        We will settle scores with them later.
                        Let the chatter, that you do not believe in anything,
                        That you go at random ...
                        Goodbye girls!
                        Girls,
                        Try to go back." (c)
                      5. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 21 March 2022 22: 47
                        +1
                        "Plays in the city garden
                        Brass band.
                        On the bench where you sit
                        There are no empty seats ”(c).
                      6. Catfish
                        Catfish 21 March 2022 22: 51
                        +2
                        "In the night garden under a bunch of ripening mangoes
                        Maximilian dances what will become the tango.
                        The shadow returns like a boomerang,
                        temperature, as under the arm, thirty-six.

                        Flashes of white vest lining.
                        The mulatto melts with love, like a chocolate bar,
                        sniffing sweetly in a man's embrace.
                        Where necessary - smooth, where necessary - wool.
                      7. Fat
                        Fat 21 March 2022 21: 28
                        +2
                        My sun, look at me
                        My hand has turned into a fist
                        That's it ....
                      8. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 21 March 2022 21: 58
                        +1
                        “Blood type is on the sleeve, my serial number is on the sleeve,
                        Wish me luck in battle, wish me:
                        Do not stay in this grass, do not stay in this grass.
                        Wish me luck, wish me luck!" (from).
          2. ANB
            ANB 21 March 2022 22: 17
            +1
            . Kamchatka is where it's cold

            It is not cold in Kamchatka.
            And if you are still cold, then in Paratunka you can warm up well. :)
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 21 March 2022 22: 39
              +2
              It is not cold in Kamchatka.

              No, you'd better come to us. smile
              1. ANB
                ANB 22 March 2022 00: 51
                +1
                . No, it's better you come to us

                Well, I left Kamchatka a long time ago. As he retired, he moved to the Moscow region.
                And to you, where is it?
                And I haven't been to many places yet.
                It does not pull abroad, there are still many interesting places in Russia.
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 22 March 2022 04: 29
                  +1
                  And to you, where is it?


                  Ryazan region, with. Naumovo. A pond near by with crucian carp, a mushroom forest and ten minutes to the Oka by car. Come in. smile
        2. kalibr
          21 March 2022 08: 38
          +5
          Kings and Cabbage is one of the essential books for a PR specialist.
          1. Korsar4
            Korsar4 21 March 2022 09: 55
            +3
            For example, in the section selling shoes.
            1. kalibr
              21 March 2022 10: 27
              +5
              Quote: Korsar4
              in the shoe sales section.

              Good for PR and marketing!
            2. Catfish
              Catfish 21 March 2022 19: 44
              +2
              Yes, the idea was great. laughing

      2. astra wild2
        astra wild2 21 March 2022 10: 01
        +3
        Uncle Kostya, you are absolutely right. As a child, I did not finish reading Urfin Deuce, I read it in a magazine, I was very sorry. After 17 years, I found a book and could not read, but I watch the cartoon willingly
    3. depressant
      depressant 21 March 2022 07: 27
      +6
      Oh, this is an amazing book! I read it and then re-read it many times as a child. And you know what's especially amazing? I thought Captain Head Off was a teenager! And I admired him as a model to which I need to reach out, grow up to him - like that! )))
      And the bewitching dynamics of the battle. "Dad yelled ..." There was such a character. Maybe that's why at the present time I somehow immediately developed a passion for books from the STALKER series
      But reality turned out to be much harsher and surpassed literature. The hero is not a teenager, and more of a hero than the literary captain Rip-head.
      It remains only to thank Vyacheslav Olegovich for an amazing page of true history.
      1. Korsar4
        Korsar4 21 March 2022 07: 39
        +4
        I wonder if I'll read it or not. The network still does not stubbornly download. And time pressure prevents her from convincing,
        1. depressant
          depressant 21 March 2022 07: 55
          +3
          It's a pity. Porobuyte in Yandex to type "Captain break your head read online for free completely kniki.ru".
          To help you, I will do it myself now. I'll check.
          1. depressant
            depressant 21 March 2022 08: 01
            +7
            Scored. Unfortunately, free books.ru give only 38 pages to read. And this despite the fact that Louis Boussenard does not need to feed on such publications ... Rednecks!
            1. Korsar4
              Korsar4 21 March 2022 09: 57
              +2
              And I have the same picture. And I usually read books on the road.
              Nothing that is meant to be read will be read. Although Boussenard's books and old translations, as far as I understand, are already in the public domain.
              1. depressant
                depressant 21 March 2022 10: 26
                +4
                Found! Write like that: captain rip off your head read online for free in full on lib.ru.
                There's even a title! I scored the penultimate chapter, turned on. So they don't lie.
                I began to read the first one - it immediately draws you in like a report from the scene)))
                1. Korsar4
                  Korsar4 21 March 2022 16: 53
                  +4
                  Thank you, Lyudmila Yakovlevna! Opens.
              2. dzvero
                dzvero 21 March 2022 10: 32
                +6
                help with link:
                https://flibusta.site/b/435100

                working
                you can download or read online
                1. Korsar4
                  Korsar4 21 March 2022 16: 53
                  +5
                  Thank you very much!
                2. vladcub
                  vladcub 21 March 2022 18: 19
                  +2
                  Are there other books out there? And then read the hotz, and the Toad does not allow you to "feed" the zhlrbs
                  1. dzvero
                    dzvero 21 March 2022 18: 25
                    +1
                    There are many books smile By the link - click on the name of the author and a list of his books will appear. Go to the main page and choose whatever you want - by author, by genre, by date of entry. It's good that the site is already available in a normal way; before only through Tor because of the "right holders".
                    1. vladcub
                      vladcub 21 March 2022 18: 32
                      +2
                      We have to joke
                  2. depressant
                    depressant 21 March 2022 18: 41
                    +2
                    Books.ru has a lot of free books. Just open the desired one, go down to the bottom of the page. There you can immediately see how much they give to read. If less than 100 pages, then the book is not given in full. Why do I recommend this site? It is extremely convenient and there is a huge amount of literature. But if it doesn’t work out with books.ru, many other sites respond to your request, you can always find the full version of the book.
                    1. vladcub
                      vladcub 21 March 2022 21: 12
                      +1
                      Must see
            2. vladcub
              vladcub 21 March 2022 18: 15
              +2
              "" you do not need to feed "you are mistaken, because, besides the author, there are those who want to" feed ". On what and how the question is different
    4. Martin
      Martin 22 March 2022 18: 16
      +1
      Quote: Korsar4
      Although each book has its own time.

      Not always. As a child, I completely passed by Vladislav Krapivin. And I stumbled upon him after 50. I read it with great pleasure. Keeping in mind, of course, what was written for children in Soviet times. The author's syllable is not a “chicken-pocket”, but is read by an adult at a completely level, not only children, but also adults act in the works, the problems in his books are quite modern. Well, the Soviet entourage - nostalgia for pioneer camps, "blue nights" and drummers.
      1. Korsar4
        Korsar4 22 March 2022 19: 42
        0
        Each book has its own life. And your readers.

        It's an old adage that you should write for children the same way you write for adults. Only better.
  4. Catfish
    Catfish 21 March 2022 07: 32
    +6
    A little about the machine guns of that war, they are all well known, so just a photo. And for some reason I got only some Englishmen.




    And only Boers with a "ridiculous" mortar, which reminded me of the defense of Sevastopol and Malakhov Kurgan. smile
    1. Korsar4
      Korsar4 21 March 2022 07: 40
      +4
      Indeed, the mortar is like from the book "Malakhov Kurgan".
    2. vladcub
      vladcub 21 March 2022 18: 22
      +1
      On the bottom photo: "Maxim" Vickers "?
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 21 March 2022 19: 32
        +1
        No, it's a M1895 Colt Browning, nicknamed "John Browning's Potato Digger".



        1. vladcub
          vladcub 21 March 2022 20: 59
          +1
          I don't know this
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 21 March 2022 21: 12
            0
            He was in Russia, during the World War and the Civil War.
    3. saygon66
      saygon66 22 March 2022 21: 51
      +1
      -Only two African hills...
      -Only a distant, rocky ridge...
      - Only vultures and baboons ....
      -Only solid camouflage .... (C)

      - Not so simple!
      It would be great: I saw Kruger - grab the beard! (FROM).
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 22 March 2022 22: 11
        0
        It would be great: I saw Kruger - grab the beard!


        "Ruslan, without saying a word,
        Down with the horse, hurries to him,
        Caught, enough for the beard,
        The wizard is struggling, groaning
        And suddenly he flies away with Ruslan ... "(c)
        1. saygon66
          saygon66 22 March 2022 22: 30
          +1
          Through the forests, through the seas,
          The sorcerer carries the hero? smile
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 22 March 2022 22: 43
            0
            In the absence of aviation at that time, it was quite an acceptable way to travel. wink
            Or, for example, like this. laughing
  5. astra wild2
    astra wild2 21 March 2022 09: 50
    +3
    Good morning . Colleagues, Vyacheslav Olegovich, as always, did a quality job.
    "alive or dead", but did the British pay an award to someone for Tenor or did they sell it?
    1. kalibr
      21 March 2022 10: 28
      +1
      Quote: Astra wild2
      and the British paid someone an award for Tenor

      But this, alas, I do not know.
      1. vladcub
        vladcub 21 March 2022 18: 23
        0
        Prodynamili: "y, bastards" (c)
  6. Timofey Charuta
    Timofey Charuta 21 March 2022 10: 47
    +4
    The world support for the Boers in that war is the result of a classic brainwashing to the fullest.
    A typical imperialist war for the redistribution of foreign territories without taking into account the opinion of the indigenous population. The Boers were slave owners, they completely rotted the local black population. The British abolished slavery. South Africa continued the policy of apartheid in these territories.
    Chip "little courageous people" - one of the classic tricks of brainwashing. Once "small and courageous" - it means that everything is forgiven him, any infamy and everything is on his side. There are many examples of this.
    "Captain Rip-Head" is a fascinating book that I loved as a child, written by a Frenchman in the conditions of the most acute rivalry between England and France for colonies (see Fashoda Crisis, 1898).
    The Boers were stuffed with the latest weapons, including machine guns unique for that time, the worst rivals of England at that time - Germany and France.

  7. Trilobite Master
    Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 10: 54
    +8
    I haven't heard anything about Theron before, thanks, Vyacheslav Olegovich.
    He drew attention to a certain "Frenchness" of his name. And sure enough, Wiki says he's a descendant of French colonists. This is probably why, despite the fact that his ancestors had lived in Africa for more than a generation, he did not receive citizenship at birth, apparently, the Boers were strict with this.
    I also found another interesting fact on Wiki.
    Theron himself also continued to go to solo reconnaissance, where in the neutral zone he twice entered into a shootout with Frederick Russell Burnham, head of intelligence for Field Marshal Frederick Roberts

    But Burnham is a well-known personality, a truly legendary English and American scout ranger, adventurer, later one of the founders of the scouting movement ...
    A duel of two legends. It would be interesting to know the details of their meetings. smile
    Well, in the end, I would like to say a few words about Boussenard. smile
    In my opinion, a racist is no worse than Jack London or Rudyard Kipling. In addition to "Captain Blow Your Head" he has several more books about Africa - "The Diamond Thieves" and something else, I don't remember the name, where the heroes traveled along the river ... Tin. Blood rivers, local blacks nine out of ten are wild cruel bastards whom the heroes kill by the hundreds without pity and compassion, like cockroaches in every possible way.
    Karl May was also that chauvinist (German), but he, at least recognized some human qualities for the Indians, wrote about their nobility, about their rights, etc. Boussenard does not bother with such questions at all. If you are a white person - you are the master of nature and all other colored people, but if you are, moreover, a Frenchman, then you are generally the salt of the earth, the elite, so to speak, of humanity, to whom no one else is equal ...
    Of all the contemporary authors I have named, it is Boussenard who strikes me as the most frostbitten.
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ 21 March 2022 11: 04
      +3
      In my opinion, a racist is no worse than Jack London or Rudyard Kipling.
      I completely agree about Kipling, but where is Jack London's racism? So you can write down Mark Twain as racists, in his "Tom Sawyer" Indian Joe is the embodiment of world evil.
      1. Trilobite Master
        Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 11: 53
        +5
        Jack London ... Yes, he also has enough racism. Many stories, especially about Polynesia, and about the Indians, he also wrote not painfully respectful, in his concept they are also subhuman.
        Of the major works, I would recall "The Mutiny on Elsinore" - there is also enough racism and chauvinism ...
        But Mark Twain does not actively show racism. Even Indian Joe even became a villain with him because he was undeservedly flogged and his death is described in such a way that he feels sorry for him ... And the fact that the Negroes are his slaves there, that’s how it was then. It would be strange if he - an American writing for Americans - wrote differently.
        1. Aviator_
          Aviator_ 21 March 2022 13: 43
          +2
          Well, I don't particularly know London. And then, apart from Miklouho-Maclay, no one respectfully wrote about the natives, which is why he went to the Papuans to study them.
          1. Trilobite Master
            Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 14: 34
            +6
            Yes, the white supremacist theory was very popular. Hitler did not appear out of nowhere either.
            In London, only the most harmless of his works were published, such as "White Fang", "Smoke and the Kid", "Call of the Wild", etc. Like Kipling, by the way, he was known to us mainly as a storyteller. And he's not a storyteller...
            1. Aviator_
              Aviator_ 21 March 2022 17: 49
              +2
              Yes, the white supremacist theory was very popular.
              Nietzsche also developed his theory of the superman at this time. It seems that the writers were, as they say now, in the trend.
              1. Trilobite Master
                Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 20: 40
                +1
                But in the Russian literature of that time, I somehow didn’t come across works like “Captain Break the Head”, in other words, adventure action films with a super-cool hero ... I wonder if there were such? Or do we only have Chekhov and Tolstoy? smile
                I wonder if we should be ashamed of this? laughing
                1. Aviator_
                  Aviator_ 21 March 2022 20: 58
                  +1
                  Or do we only have Chekhov and Tolstoy?
                  Not only. Dostoevsky, Goncharov, Turgenev. And adventures, at least at the level of Jules Verne, are somehow imperceptible. Was there no social order?
                  1. Trilobite Master
                    Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 21: 51
                    +1
                    Quote: Aviator_
                    Was there no social order?

                    Apparently. I wonder why...
                    1. Aviator_
                      Aviator_ 21 March 2022 21: 54
                      0
                      I wonder why...
                      Probably because there are two eternal Russian questions - "What to do"? and "Who is to blame"?
                      1. Trilobite Master
                        Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 21: 59
                        +2
                        Rather, because there was no middle class. The peasants did not know how to read, there were few commoners, and the nobility and aristocracy were above such literature for the most part. After all, in fact, Boussinard is primitive ...
                    2. Aviator_
                      Aviator_ 21 March 2022 21: 59
                      +1
                      By the way, I read that initially Jules Verne wanted to make Captain Nemo a Pole who fought against the tsarist regime. However, while he was writing his things, the publisher convinced him not to do it, and the Poles, who moved to France after 1863, showed themselves in much the same way as the Sumerians in Moldova and Poland now. And Jules Verne made the captain an Indian.
            2. Fat
              Fat 21 March 2022 18: 26
              +2
              hi Michael. The film novel "Hearts of Three" was also published in the USSR. It's hard to call him completely "harmless" ...
              1. Trilobite Master
                Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 19: 40
                +1
                But "Hearts of Three" I, just, did not read. I only watched the film with Zhigunov. So I'm not here to judge.
                1. Fat
                  Fat 21 March 2022 19: 58
                  +2
                  It happens to everyone! Many years ago, while visiting Rostov-on-Don, I came across the "full" collections of Wells and London ... Needless to say, I never got out on the beaches and mud ... laughing
                  And the series .... well, extremely mediocre.
                  1. Trilobite Master
                    Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 20: 17
                    +1
                    I got the book after the movie came out. Didn't want to read. Yes, in fact, I never considered Jack London my favorite writer.
                    1. Fat
                      Fat 21 March 2022 20: 32
                      +1
                      I am the same, there are better authors. But this novel, to some extent conceptual, is safely bypassed in the film adaptation. Didn't read well, okay ....
        2. lisikat2
          lisikat2 21 March 2022 16: 18
          +3
          "Mutiny on Elsinore" never heard of such a thing.
          1. Trilobite Master
            Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 16: 34
            +2
            In my opinion, a very mediocre work, from a purely literary point of view, but very revealing in terms of demonstrating the author's worldview.
            1. vladcub
              vladcub 21 March 2022 18: 28
              +1
              Mish, I'll take your word for it. I thought for a long time that he had 3 books: "White Silence", "Sea Wolf" and "White Fang"
              1. kalibr
                21 March 2022 18: 31
                +2
                You read his stories, for example, "The Scarlet Plague", "The Power of the Strong" - very ... modern things!
              2. Trilobite Master
                Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 19: 43
                +1
                This is probably, along with "Smoke and the Kid" his best books. In my opinion, anyway.
                1. kalibr
                  21 March 2022 21: 00
                  +1
                  "Jerry the Islander", "The Tale of Kish", "For Those on the Way", "The Path of False Suns" - in a word, almost all the "Northern Tales" ...
                2. Fat
                  Fat 21 March 2022 21: 10
                  +1
                  There are better ones, of course... But the Word is always up to the reader. I don't like "Smok" precisely because of the film adaptations ... And when I re-read .... "I'm sorry, my love, it happened" ...
      2. Mordvin 3
        Mordvin 3 21 March 2022 12: 17
        +1
        Quote: Aviator_
        Where is Jack London's racism?

        Yes, everywhere. How the wolf Larsen saw the smoke "Are they Russians?" No, Mlyn, this is my brother!"
      3. Kir shadrin
        Kir shadrin 21 March 2022 16: 46
        +1
        Quote: Aviator_
        Where is Jack London's racism?

        Unprecedented invasion, for example
      4. lisikat2
        lisikat2 21 March 2022 17: 14
        +4
        "Karl May was also that chauvinist" I read: May in his childhood lived on what he stole. Stole - ate and went to jail. There he learned to read and write and all his adventures on the prairie - from books.
        Already being a famous writer, he traveled to Turkey and almost ended up in a lunatic asylum: he objected that the Turks live in "a thousand and one nights".
        In his youth, Hitler was read by May and therefore it was not published in the GDR of the USSR
        1. Aviator_
          Aviator_ 21 March 2022 17: 56
          +1
          In his youth, Hitler was read by May and therefore it was not published in the GDR of the USSR

          I don’t know about publishing or not publishing, but isn’t the entire series of the GDR studio DEFA about Indians starring Gojko Mitic based on his books?
          1. kalibr
            21 March 2022 20: 58
            +1
            Quote: Aviator_
            not from his books?

            Based on the books of Karl May, a series of films with Pierre Brice as Winnetou. In these films, Gojko Mitic started out as a minor character.
    2. kalibr
      21 March 2022 12: 05
      +3
      I agree with your opinion!
    3. lisikat2
      lisikat2 21 March 2022 16: 35
      +3
      "can't remember the name" probably: "10 million red Posum"?
      1. Trilobite Master
        Trilobite Master 21 March 2022 17: 09
        +2
        Most likely, "Adventures in the land of lions." I don't remember, to be honest.
  8. depressant
    depressant 21 March 2022 11: 29
    +4
    What makes people like Dani Theron so special? The embodied principle "If you want it to be done well, do it yourself."
    At the lower level of responsibility, it works quite well. A higher level requires the selection of personnel - those that "do it themselves." It's much more difficult. So that it doesn’t happen, one is just in the forest, and the other is there - for firewood.
  9. depressant
    depressant 21 March 2022 13: 34
    +4
    Beautiful, soulful Charlize Theron... I remember her from the movie "Devil's Advocate". But how nature plays with heredity! The heroic activity of Dany Theron's ancestor was transformed into the uncontrollable drinking of Charles Jacob Theron, Charlize's father. Once Jacob got drunk to such an extent that in a rage he rushed to kill his wife, Charlize's mother. The weak woman, saving her life, did not lose her head and shot the tormentor from the rifle that turned up. In front of her daughter - 16-year-old Charlize.
    Can you imagine the trauma?
    Another so young person would have remained morally depressed for the rest of her life. But Charlize is Theron!
    1. Mordvin 3
      Mordvin 3 21 March 2022 13: 48
      -4
      Quote: depressant
      But Charlize is Theron!

      What is she famous for?
      1. depressant
        depressant 21 March 2022 13: 59
        +4
        Someone, Vladimir, took offense at you.
        In short, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama, Academy Award for Best Actress.
        1. Mordvin 3
          Mordvin 3 21 March 2022 14: 04
          -2
          Quote: depressant
          Someone, Vladimir, took offense at you.

          Spit.
          Quote: depressant
          Academy Award for Best Actress.

          I like Sharon Stone better.
      2. Senior seaman
        Senior seaman 21 March 2022 15: 40
        +5
        Actress from South Africa
        1. Mordvin 3
          Mordvin 3 21 March 2022 16: 04
          -2
          Wow, fat boobs... laughing
    2. lisikat2
      lisikat2 21 March 2022 16: 00
      +4
      "a weak woman, saving her life, did not lose her head" she turned out to be not so weak. Physically, she was weaker, but mentally, she was stronger.
  10. vladcub
    vladcub 21 March 2022 15: 32
    +2
    "Stowe tried to hide 2 British intelligence officers," and they, in turn, were bombarded by Boer counterintelligence. How else to explain that Theron caused an accident on this train.
    Stowe did not shout in the square: "I hid two Britons."
    Theron is not a clairvoyant, which means counter intelligence.
    After all, the Boers were supposed to have something like a counter-attack?
  11. Senior seaman
    Senior seaman 21 March 2022 15: 36
    +3
    So, first a round of skirmish between the two Boer republics against the British Empire ended in victory for the latter.

    What is the meaning of "first"?
    If by the first round we mean the first Anglo-Boer war of 1880-81, then it was the Boers who won. And if the war of 1899-1902, then what was the "second round"?
  12. lisikat2
    lisikat2 21 March 2022 15: 52
    +2
    Good day everyone. Vyacheslav Olegovich, you get a good addition: the Boer War and a completely new and interesting cycle .. I hope that there will be other characters besides the "daredevil"?
    1. kalibr
      21 March 2022 18: 34
      0
      Quote from lisikat2
      Will there be other characters?

      Will be!
  13. lisikat2
    lisikat2 21 March 2022 16: 13
    +3
    "Next to the body of his beloved" Vyacheslav Olegovich, have their graves been preserved?
    1. kalibr
      21 March 2022 18: 42
      0
      Quote from lisikat2
      Are their graves preserved?

      You know, I won’t say for 100% exactly, when I read about it, I was not interested in this particular question, but it seems to have been preserved.
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  15. astra wild2
    astra wild2 21 March 2022 17: 24
    +1
    Colleagues, I noticed that General de Wit looks more like some kind of traveler. Such a young lady sits with you with a gun. Nothing that showed the general
    1. kalibr
      21 March 2022 18: 44
      +1
      So they all dressed like that. Only artillerymen had uniforms. The British generally said that fighting people dressed as poor clerks is ... just murder. But then they changed their mind!
      1. Fat
        Fat 21 March 2022 18: 59
        +1
        hi good
        "All brahmins - .... The Buddha said, but later changed his point of view" Thanks Vyacheslav Olegovich, for the magnificent article. And photo!
        General Christian Rudolf de Wet.... Incredible.... I immediately desired the same pants laughing
        1. kalibr
          21 March 2022 20: 55
          +1
          I'm very glad that you liked it. But the continuation will also be interesting!
          1. vladcub
            vladcub 21 March 2022 21: 08
            +1
            I catch the word
            1. kalibr
              22 March 2022 06: 34
              -1
              Quote: vladcub
              I catch the word

              Oh no, I'll remind you of something...
              1. vladcub
                vladcub 22 March 2022 14: 43
                0
                Someone is angry with you, and I hide under the bench. Shutka