The Siege Collection: The Siege of Kars, 1855/The Boer War: Ladysmith and Mafeking, 1900/The Siege of the Peking Embassy, 1900
The Siege Collection brings together the stories of four sieges involving British troops in the days of British Empire. Starting with The Siege of ... Show synopsis The Siege Collection brings together the stories of four sieges involving British troops in the days of British Empire. Starting with The Siege of Kars, this little-known siege lasted five months and took place during the Crimean War, in the remote mountains of eastern Turkey. The Boer War: Ladysmith and Mafeking contains despatches describing the siege and relief of both Ladysmith and Mafeking, as reported by the commanders in the field. The reverses suffered at the battle of Spion Kop are included, as is Lord Baden-Powell's personal account of how Mafeking organised and defended itself against the besieging Boers. The Siege of the Peking Embassy tells the story of how the diplomatic staff in Peking, China, were cut off from the outside world during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. The telegraphic despatches between the British prime minister and his various consular staff and generals describe how the largest international force ever assembled fought its way from Taku to Peking to break the siege and relieve the situation.