Despite being well-led, trained, and equipped at the outbreak of the Second Boer War in October 1899, the British army was unprepared for the guerilla-style tactics their enemy employed, suffering more than 3000 casualties and several defeats in the first two months of the conflict. On December 12th, as the leadership in London was attempting to formulate a plan to counter the Boer threat, 28-year old reservist Lieutenant Simon Joseph Fraser the 14th Lord Lovat & 22nd chief of the clan Fraser, approached the War Office with a proposal to raise two companies of Scottish Highlanders, one mounted and one infantry, for use as elite units with the express mission of neutralizing the Boer on their own terms.
This episode was written by Christopher Witt.
Christopher graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with his bachelor’s degree in European History and an English Literature minor. He has continued his education with Graduate courses at Stony Brook University and on his own initiative , studying such diverse topics such as the French Revolution, Napoleon and Napoleonic Europe, the pre and post World War I periods, the American Revolution, and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Christopher lives on Long Island and works as a professional writer in New York City.