Talana Battlefield

The first battle of the war was fought at Dundee. The Boers had cut the railway line between Ladysmith and Glencoe on 19 October 1899 and a commando of 4000 men under Commandant Lucas Meyer, attacked Gen. Penn-Symons at Dundee the following morning. They were in position with six guns on the top of Talana Hill, which commanded the camp and the town and opened fire in the early morning. After a duel of about two hours the Boer guns were silenced and the British advanced up the hill. They took the ridge and captured the six guns. The Boers fled down the hill and were pursued by some infantry. The pursuers unfortunately went too far and fell into the hands of another Boer commando that took them as prisoners to Pretoria.

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