Excerpt from Chris Schoeman’s Brothers in Arms
Namibiana Buchdepot have shared an extract from Chris Schoeman’s Brothers in Arms, which documents the lives of volunteer soldiers from Holland who supported the Boers in the Anglo-Boer War.
In the following extract from the book, Schoeman writes about the formation of the Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Vereniging:
In February 1881, the Boers regained their independence from the British Empire with a resounding victory at the Battle of Majuba Hill. It was a humiliating defeat for Britain and signalled the end of the First Anglo-Boer War of 1880-1881. Since then, the people of the Netherlands (more commonly known as ‘Hollanders’) had felt an increasing solidarity with their Dutch-speaking descendants in South Africa.