Słów kilka o morale i dyscyplinie w komandach w czasie wojny burskiej, październik 1899–maj 1902

Michał Leśniewski


A few words on morale and discipline in Boer commandos during the Anglo-Boer War, October 1899 – May 1902

One of the key factors during any war is the morale and discipline of the troops. Those two issues are closely interconnected. The same applies to the Anglo-Boer War. The case of the Boer forces, which were composed of irregular militiamen, is especially interesting. The latter did not know the European-style discipline. This was a problem during the regular phase of the war, but paradoxically it was less of a problem in the guerilla phase of war. In fact the high morale was an effect of self imposed discipline, which in turn was an effect of the high morale. The present text constitutes an endeavor to study the correlation between morale and discipline in Boer commandos; its goal is also to shed light on the issue of how the two had influenced one another.

Słowa kluczowe: historia Południowej Afryki, wojna angielsko-burska, partyzancka faza wojny, morale burskich wojsk


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