Sannas Pos

At Sannas Pos, on 31 March 1900, Boers led by General Christiaan de Wet defeated British soldiers under Brigadier General Broadwood.  It was a significant skirmish for two reasons: the Post controlled the water supply to Bloemfontein via the Modder River, andIt was the first large-scale use of guerrilla tactics by de Wet – a completely different approach to the British army. In the fight 155 British soldiers were killed, and 3 boers; hundreds were injured in what must have been burning heat, and hundreds more died subsequently in Bloemfontein from dysentery and enteric fever as a result of polluted water – the water supply having been cut off. It was one of many such wasteful fights in what in my view was a senseless and cruel war. Curiously, five Victoria Crosses were awarded on this occasion.

The countryside at Sannas Pos

The countryside at Sannas Pos

The derelict railway station at Sannas Pos

The derelict railway station at Sannas Pos

The railway line at Sannas Pos

The railway line at Sannas Pos

Pontoon Bridge over the Modder River after Boers had destroyed the railway bridge (Wikimedia)

Pontoon Bridge over the Modder River after Boers had destroyed the railway bridge (Wikimedia)

The entrance to the graveyard at Sannas Pos

The entrance to the graveyard at Sannas Pos

The graveyard at Sannas Pos

The graveyard at Sannas Pos

The graveyard at Sannas Pos

The graveyard at Sannas Pos

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