june memories / 13


13th June, 1900 : Twenty Australian troops have held a hill near Colesberg in the face of a fierce onslaught by 400 Boers. The heroism of the Australians won the admiration of the enemy, one of whom sent the following account of the battle to the London Daily News. “The Australians shot at us as we never saw men shoot before, and never hope to see men shoot again. They held the hill till all their men were safe, and then, dashing down the other side jumped into their saddles and made off with their wounded. They were but 20 men, and we 400.”

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