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12th December, 1900 : More than 11,000 men have died in South Africa in the first 14 months of campaigning, according to War Office figures issued today. Little more than one-third of the deaths were caused by enemy action; over 7,000 men died of dysentery, enteric fever and other diseases. This pattern has persisted, despite the changed character of the war, with the Boers avoiding pitched battles and resorting to guerrilla tactics. Their commando raids are beginning to reach down into the Cape Colony, to the alarm of the British there, who fear an uprising of Dutchmen, as the Boers are referred to in the Colony. Lord Kitchener, Commander-in-Chief has sent an urgent demand to London for 30,000 more men. He has also asked for 8,000 horses a month.

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