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Christiaan De Wet Collection

Christiaan de Wet: A Boer General's Courage and Resilience In the midst of the tumultuous Anglo-Boer War, Christiaan de Wet emerged as a formidable figure

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: The Anglo-Boer War, The Disastrous Night Assault Of The English Camp At Tweefontein By The

The Anglo-Boer War, The Disastrous Night Assault Of The English Camp At Tweefontein By The... (colour litho)
2798508 The Anglo-Boer War, The Disastrous Night Assault Of The English Camp At Tweefontein By The... (colour litho) by Beltrame

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: An Interview With Boer Leaders And British Representatives To Discuss Peace After Three Years Of

An Interview With Boer Leaders And British Representatives To Discuss Peace After Three Years Of War (Colour Litho)
2798545 An Interview With Boer Leaders And British Representatives To Discuss Peace After Three Years Of War (Colour Litho) by Beltrame

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Boer generals receiving the acclaim of the populace before leaving South Africa (colour litho)

Boer generals receiving the acclaim of the populace before leaving South Africa (colour litho)
2782310 Boer generals receiving the acclaim of the populace before leaving South Africa (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: The Boer War: the exploits of Christiaan de Wet (colour litho)

The Boer War: the exploits of Christiaan de Wet (colour litho)
2795559 The Boer War: the exploits of Christiaan de Wet (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Boer War: the exploits of Christiaan de Wet)

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Boer General Christiaan de Wet eluding British forces in Orange Free State (colour litho)

Boer General Christiaan de Wet eluding British forces in Orange Free State (colour litho)
3099197 Boer General Christiaan de Wet eluding British forces in Orange Free State (colour litho) by Meaulle, Fortune Louis (1844-1901); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Boer General Christiaan de Wet (colour litho)

Boer General Christiaan de Wet (colour litho)
3099166 Boer General Christiaan de Wet (colour litho) by Meaulle, Fortune Louis (1844-1901); Private Collection; (add.info.: Boer General Christiaan de Wet. Au Transvaal. Le General Dewet)

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Boer generals receiving a warm welcome in Paris (colour litho)

Boer generals receiving a warm welcome in Paris (colour litho)
2795657 Boer generals receiving a warm welcome in Paris (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Boer generals receiving a warm welcome in Paris)

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: De Wets Attempt to Cross the Railway, 1902. Creator: Unknown

De Wets Attempt to Cross the Railway, 1902. Creator: Unknown
De Wets Attempt to Cross the Railway, 1902. De Wets troops attempt to cross a railway line in Orange River Colony under fire from British troops in a blockhouse

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: The Capture of De Wets Convoy at Reitz, June 6, 1901, 1902

The Capture of De Wets Convoy at Reitz, June 6, 1901, 1902. Attack on Boer waggons by Colonel De Lisles Force.. From " South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. VII", by Louis Creswicke

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: The Reddersburg Mishap: Men of the Irish Rifles and Mounted Infantry Delivering Up Their Arms

The Reddersburg Mishap: Men of the Irish Rifles and Mounted Infantry Delivering Up Their Arms, 1901. Troops led by General Christiaan de Wet attacked a convoy of 600 of the Royal Irish Rifles

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: De Wet, 1901. Creator: Unknown

De Wet, 1901. Creator: Unknown
De Wet, 1901. Christiaan de Wet (1854-1922) Boer general, rebel leader and politician planned the surprise attack on Sannas Post followerd by victory at Reddersburg

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Boer commanders, South Africa, Boer War, 1902. Artist: Underwood & Underwood

Boer commanders, South Africa, Boer War, 1902. Artist: Underwood & Underwood
Boer commanders, South Africa, Boer War, 1902. Ex-Commandant Generals Christiaan de Wet (1854-1922), Koos de la Rey (1837-1914) and Louis Botha (1862-1919)

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Boer War, 1899-1902

Boer War, 1899-1902. Boer commander Christiaan Rudolf de Wet attempting to lead a column across a railway at night past an armoured train and blockhouse

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Attack on the British encampment at Tweefontein, South Africa, Boer War, 1901 (1902)

Attack on the British encampment at Tweefontein, South Africa, Boer War, 1901 (1902)
Attack on the British encampment at Tweefontein, South Africa, Boer War, 1901(1902). Boer forces under General de Wet surprised an encampment of British soldiers at Tweefontein on 25 December 1901

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Christiaan de Wet, Boer soldier and politician, c1900

Christiaan de Wet, Boer soldier and politician, c1900. De Wet (1854-1922) commanded the forces of the Orange Free State during the Second Boer War (1899-1902)

Background imageChristiaan De Wet Collection: Christiaan De Wet, Afrikaner soldier, politician and big game hunter, c1899

Christiaan De Wet, Afrikaner soldier, politician and big game hunter, c1899. De Wet (1854-1922) addressing burghers near Ventersdorp Station


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Christiaan de Wet: A Boer General's Courage and Resilience In the midst of the tumultuous Anglo-Boer War, Christiaan de Wet emerged as a formidable figure, leaving an indelible mark on history. The disastrous night assault of the English camp at Tweefontein by his forces showcased his strategic brilliance and unwavering determination to defend his homeland. An interview with Boer leaders and British representatives to discuss peace after three years of relentless conflict captured De Wet's commitment to finding a resolution amidst chaos. This rare glimpse into diplomatic negotiations painted him as a leader willing to explore avenues for peace. As Boer generals received the acclaim of their people before departing South Africa, De Wet stood tall among them, revered for his bravery and military prowess. Colour lithographs immortalized these moments, capturing the spirit of unity that prevailed in those trying times. The exploits during the Boer War became legendary. His cunning tactics and audacious maneuvers were celebrated through vivid colour lithographs that brought his heroism to life. These images served as testaments to De Wet's ability to outwit British forces time and again in Orange Free State. One particular lithograph depicted De Wet eluding capture by British forces, showcasing his resourcefulness and tenacity in evading enemy pursuit. It was this resilience that earned him admiration from both allies and adversaries alike. Even beyond South African borders, De Wet's reputation preceded him. In Paris, he was welcomed with open arms by enthusiastic crowds who recognized his contributions towards defending their shared values of freedom and independence. However, not all chapters in De Wet's story were filled with triumphs; some revealed harsh realities faced during war. The attempt to cross the railway resulted in unforeseen challenges for him in 1902 while another incident saw the capture of his convoy at Reitz on June 6th, 1901 – a testament to the unpredictable nature of warfare.