Military History  /  African Wars
Hill Of Squandered Valour Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781612000077
Pub Date: 25 Oct 2011
Illustrations: 16pp of illustrations, 6 maps
The Battle of Spion Kop was fought during the campaign to relieve Ladysmith, South Africa, and was the single bloodiest episode in the campaign, as well as a harbinger of the bitter and desperate fighting still to come in the Second Boer War.Spion Kop, just northeast of Ladysmith, was the largest hill in the region, being over 1,400 feet high, laying almost exactly at the centre of the Boer line. If the British could capture this position and bring artillery to the hill, they would command the flanks of the surrounding Boer positions.