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Spioenkop battlefield

Okhahlamba Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

About Spioenkop battlefield

Spioenkop battlefield, also known as Spion Kop Battlefield, in South Africa was the site of a British defeat to the Boers during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

The Battle of Spioenkop was an attempt by British forces to relieve the Siege of Ladysmith, in which Boer forces had been surrounding the British in the town for around four months.

From 23 January 1900, the British tried in vain to free the town in a clash with Orange Free State and South African Republic forces. However, on 24 January, the British withdrew, having suffered significant casualties.

Today, Spioenkop battlefield contains several memorials to the battle which can be seen together with graves and trenches along a trail. It also features as one of our top ten visitor attractions of South Africa

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