Waiting, and more waiting, for the Anglo Boer War siege of Mafeking to end
Skilled riflemen turned a train into a mobile fortress, but before the British force in the town was relieved in May 1900 ammunition was getting scarce and food was running out
The town formerly called Mafeking (now Mafikeng) gained fame and prominence during the Anglo Boer War. British forces were stationed there under the command of Col Robert Baden-Powell, (often called B-P).
"Perhaps the most original feature of Mafeking defences was the steel-plated locomotive specially brought up from Kimberley," Charles Connell writes in his book The World’s Greatest Sieges. The following record of the siege is from Connel’s work...