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Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby Burgher » 30 Jan 2012 11:23

Howzit!

I have been reading the forum posts for some time now and decided it is time to contribute...

I am a mechanical engineer with a passion for SA military history. My main field of interest is the military aspects of the Boer republics with a special intrest in the artillery, especially the "Oranje Vrijstaat Artillerie Corps". I am a collector, amateur historian and re-enactor. Here are a couple of my Victorian era Boer impressions:

Great Trek Pioneer, 1835-1845:
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Free State-Basutho Wars, 1858 & 1865-1868:
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Transvaal War of Independance, 1880-1881:
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Anglo-Boer War Burgher, 1899-1902:
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Free State Artillery Corps Signaller, 1899-1902:
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I am also busy assembling a Boer War British infantry and artillery impression, Boer War Transvaal "Staatsartillerie" as well as a Zulu-War artillery uniform.

Apart from the above I also do re-enatment of the SA campaign in German South West Africa (1914-1915), WW1 German Pioneers and WW2 German Kriegsberichters.
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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby ED, in Los Angeles » 31 Jan 2012 08:47

Absolutly great photos. A totally different perspective. I am just learning about WWI Africa, though it is really not part of this forum. But a hearty welcome to the forum. We need to have the perspective of ALL sides.
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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby Burgher » 27 Nov 2012 21:24

An update on some more of my Boer War impressions:

Transvaal State Artillery, 1899:
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British Blockhouse Guard, 1902:
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Boer Bitter Ender, 1902:
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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby Mark » 28 Nov 2012 01:16

A belated but warm welcome to the forum! Great photos, thank you for sharing!

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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby Burgher » 06 Dec 2012 09:35

Getting drawn deeper into the Dark Side...

British Infantryman, 1899:
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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby Frogsmile » 07 Dec 2012 19:05

Welcome Burgher. Great photos and a lot of work involved in the outfits. Just a little more attention needed (practice) in the tieing of puttees though :wink:
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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby rclpillinger » 08 Dec 2012 17:58

Hello Burgher

I am interested to see the detail in many of your uniforms and very keen to have a dialogue with an inhabitiant of Bloemfontein as my Grandfather spent some time in the town. He served with the Tenth Royal (Prince of Wales Own) Hussars from 1879 until 1913. The Regiment used the town as a base on several occasions during the 1899-1902 camapign. From South Africa they went to India for nine years, and then in 1911 they moved back to Tempe, Bloemfontein before moving on to Potchefstroom, from where he retired to Cairo.
During his career he took many photographs and I have published them at http://www.majorpillinger.com. On the site there are some 450 pics. from the Boer War, some I am sure from Bloemfontein. If you do have a look and can identify any of the pictures I would be delighted to hear from you so as I can label them.

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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby Boodrie » 28 Dec 2012 00:14

Hi Burgher,

Great Boer uniforms, especally interested as my wife's gt gt grandfather (Adam Boshof) was in the Phillipolis Kopmmando during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War, became a POW in The Cape, but did survive.

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Re: Hi from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Postby Burgher » 04 Jan 2013 12:48

FROGSMILE wrote:Welcome Burgher. Great photos and a lot of work involved in the outfits. Just a little more attention needed (practice) in the tieing of puttees though :wink:


Thanks Frogsmile, yep the puttees were done in haste for the photographer, so hey do looks a bit off...

Do you know of any "how to" web sites for pointers?
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