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Detailed History of the Railways in the South African War 1899-1902.

Detailed History of the Railways in the South African War 1899-1902.

Description: Detailed History of the Railways in the South African War 1899-1902.
Royal Engineers Institute
(W and J. Mackay and Co., Ltd.)
Agents Chatman 1904

Blue/green covered boards backed in green cloth.
Black letterpress to front cover of  both volumes
340mm x 218mm

A record of railway operations during the war abridged from the four volume official record compiled by the War Office.
Due to considerations of expense only the first volume of the original history was published, i.e. - (History of the Railwasys During The War in South Africa, 1899-1902,
By Lieut.-Colonel Sir E.P.C. Girouard, K.C.M.G., D.S.O., R.e., Director of Railways, South AFrica Field Force.  London 1903.)
The present work is drawn from the last three volumes of the original compilation and issued under the title - Detailed History of the Railways, Etc., in two volumes.  

Volume 1. Letterpress. xxvi + 275 + xxvii - xli. pp. With colour folding map as frontispiece. 1 other folding map, 2 foldingtables, 6 graphs, 6 plans.
Volume 2. Illustrations. vii + 61 pp. title label on the back, Royal Engineers Institute, Chatham, 1904.
Folding map as frontispiece, 61 full page photographs, 93 plans and diagrams - mostly large folding,
Both volumes uniformly bound in the original blue paper covered boards with blue cloth backs.  Chatham 1904. xLi + 275pp & viiipp + 61 photos + 93plates
2 Volumes


Printed in an edition of 1200 copies. A note in volume 1 explains: ' After the war was over the various reports on railway operations were abridged and re-arranged at the War Office to form a connected History of the Railways, during the War in South Africa, 1899-1901.  the history was completed in November 1902, submitted for official publication and accepted: but considerations of the expense involved subsequently causes the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury to sanction the printing of the 1 volume only, and this was issued at the end of 1903 (i.e. Girouard's history of the Railways during the War in South Africa, 1899-1902 q.v.)
The decision not to print the remaining 3 volumes came, in July, 1903, to the knowledge of the Royal Engineers Institute, and its Committee resolved, in October, 1903, to complete the publication themselves, rather than allow such a vaulable record of the largest railway operation ever undertaken by a British Army in the Field to be entirely lost to posterity.'

:- R.G Hackett, South African War Books p74.

Moore (Maj. A.T.)(Editor)
Detailed History of the Railways in the South African War  1899-1902.

Author: Moore (Major A.T., R.E. )
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