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In addition to the scorched earth policy, a major British tactic to deal with the Boer guerrilla campaign was the construction of thousands of small blockhouses, such as this one, throughout the former Boer Republics, to protect their supply lines.  (Imperial War Museum)

In addition to the scorched earth policy, a major British tactic to deal with the Boer guerrilla campaign was the construction of thousands of small blockhouses, such as this one, throughout the former Boer Republics, to protect their supply lines. (Imperial War Museum)

British troops at the siege of Ladysmith. Boer War. Image from http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJhvTIJu69A/TjG2cZA197I/AAAAAAAAAL0/RmGQpRWOZBQ/s1600/ladysmith.jpg.

British troops at the siege of Ladysmith. Boer War. Image from http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JJhvTIJu69A/TjG2cZA197I/AAAAAAAAAL0/RmGQpRWOZBQ/s1600/ladysmith.jpg.

Troops of one of the British regiments clearing a Boer farm at Winburg © IWM (Q 72295)

Troops of one of the British regiments clearing a Boer farm at Winburg © IWM (Q 72295)

To communicate across the vast distances of South Africa, British forces used the heligraph. These positions came under constant sniper fire from the Boers.

To communicate across the vast distances of South Africa, British forces used the heligraph. These positions came under constant sniper fire from the Boers.

Oxen drawn column of the British Army carrying an artillery gun (5 inch gun ) across a river, © IWM (Q 71955)

Oxen drawn column of the British Army carrying an artillery gun (5 inch gun ) across a river, © IWM (Q 71955)

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