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Second book by Reitz is interesting, but a little less so than Van mannen en peerden on the Boer War.The first part was intriguing because of its description of the political situation in South Africa after the Second Anglo-Boer War up till 1914. The almost civil war like situation in SA was unknown to me and the fact that part of SA wanted to side with Germany in WW1 too.Reitz then joins the efforts of the British Empire to defeat Germany in both Namibia and German South-East Africa, with all the peculiarities of fighting in the arid deserts of Namibia and in the jungles of East Africa (with the deadly tse-tse flies and malaria!).Finally, Reitz moves to Britain and fights the remainder of WW1 in the trenches in France, incidentally in a regiment earlies commanded by Winston Churchill. His descriptions of the war in France are not as strong as those in Africa where he was probably more at home.