Don’t miss the virtual book launch of A Russian on Commando: The Boer War Experiences of Yevgeny Avgustus edited by Boris Gorelik (29 Sep)
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Join Jonathan Ball Publishers for the virtual launch of A Russian on Commando: The Boer War Experiences of Yevgeny Avgustus edited by Boris Gorelik.

Gorelik will be in conversation with Evert Kleynhans (author of Hitler’s Spies) and Prof Fransjohan Pretorius.

Join on Facebook or YouTube at 20:00.

More about the book

In January 1900, galvanised by the daring of the Boers in taking on imperial Britain, the young Russian officer Yevgeny Avgustus set off for the Transvaal to fight in the Anglo-Boer War. Like most of the foreign volunteers who flocked to the Boer cause, he ended up on the Natal front.

Avgustus and his companions joined the Krugersdorp Commando, and their experiences in the field are portrayed in vivid detail. The central part of this gripping account covers the Battle of the Tugela Heights in February 1900 and the Boers’ subsequent retreat. The immediacy of Avgustus’s writing captures his trepidation and excitement as he approaches the battle field for the first time, as well as his experience of life on commando.

The keen eye of this foreign volunteer brings to life a turning point in South African history. Avgustus is a gifted writer, and his narrative offers both acute observation and thoughtful introspection.

A gripping portrayal of human frailty and courage in the face of mortal danger, A Russian on Commando highlights both the strange attraction and the absurdities of war, illustrated with photos.

Event details

Date: Thursday 29 September 2022
Time: 20:00 SAST
Venue: Jonathan Ball’s Facebook Page or YouTube channel
Facebook event

Categories Non-fiction South Africa

Tags A Russian on Commando Book events Book launches Boris Gorelik Evert Kleynhans Fransjohan Pretorius Hitler’s Spies Jonathan Ball Publishers Virtual book events Virtual book launches

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