In January 1900 British forces in Natal launched a new offensive to break through the Boer lines and relieve the besieged garrison at Ladysmith.
In the early hours of 24th January British soldiers stormed the commanding heights of Spion Kop – ‘Spy Hill’ – and dug in. Recognizing the importance of the heights, the Boers immediately rushed up reinforcements to reclaim the lost ground. The stage was set for what some historians believe was the bloodiest single day of the Boer War. After a full day of relentless combat under a scorching sun, a series of tragic errors eventually led to the British abandoning their position under cover of darkness.
This Virtual Tour will take you into the rugged hills of Natal to study the bitter fighting for the summit of Spion Kop – an area which became known as the ‘acre of massacre’.