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Old January 11th, 2017, 06:19 AM   #1
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why is it that some people suggest that Britain fought against only native tribes that had bows and arrows? What about all of the European powers like France, Spain and the Netherlands who they took on that had almost equal armies and even formidable navies of their own, look at India as well, the armies of the Khalsa were a tough enemy trained in european standards of combat. not every enemy was like the Maoris or Zulus, as some seem to think.
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Well that is the popular image of colonial warfare. Fierce natives that could still never hold their own against the mighty British regulars. Don't forget that between 1815 and 1914, the only European enemy the Brits fought was Russia in Crimea. By 1880, Bismarck could safely quip that if Britain were to invade Germany, he'd simply have the police arrest him.
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I supose my france is a good candidate about UK foe hahaha
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Old January 11th, 2017, 06:46 AM   #4
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Well that is the popular image of colonial warfare. Fierce natives that could still never hold their own against the mighty British regulars. Don't forget that between 1815 and 1914, the only European enemy the Brits fought was Russia in Crimea. By 1880, Bismarck could safely quip that if Britain were to invade Germany, he'd simply have the police arrest him.
Yes, but it does still show that their opponents did also have discipline like the British red coats, colonial warfare did involve tribes,but there was also navies to fight against and european soldiers with the same equipment, the Russians in the Crimean war as you mentioned, were hard to defeat compared to the Zulus.
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Boers also fought well.
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Yeah their mauser rifles were far superior to that of the martini henry the british red coats used, and the boers were excellent marksman. I mean they needed 347,000 troops to put down only 15,000 boers.

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Didn't the Boers have significantly more troops?
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Didn't the Boers have significantly more troops?
No. In both wars the British outnumbered the boers, in the first boer war, the British invaded with about 7,000 men, the boers had around 2,900.

second Boer war the British and some allied Commonwealth troops had 347,000, to the Boers 15,000.
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I supose my france is a good candidate about UK foe hahaha
Yes of course lol, we have a history of locking horns for hundreds of years haha
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https://www.britannica.com/event/South-African-War

Well, Britannica states that the Boers had 88,000 troops. And I am inclined to believe that because the war was fought on their turf and they fought the British for 3 years. I doubt 15,000 men could do it.
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