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Finally able to borrow copies of Bester's "Boer Rifles and Carbines" and "Small Arms of the Anglo Boer War". Contains some very interesting photos that I have never seen before!
Silk Road Slave Girl
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She stands at the top of the pass, looking down at the long back and forth road leading to the next valley. Off in the distance a bird flutters around. She hears its throbbing motor in the wind, sees the flash of an emblem. Trying to remember.
She would have been taller than these people even at average height back home. But her six-two frame towers over them. She had been blessed with a hardy bone structure, red hair, alabaster skin tone, robust build, and the Germanic-Nordic principle of duty. And the pleasure that adventure brings.
How many months now since she was in one of those man-made birds, her duty to her nation in this far off land. The crash that sent her into the bandit lands. Her clothes stripped off, given to men for a roll of dice or a bag of goods. Her breasts engorged to feed the needy. Her thighs and arms strengthened to carry the loads. And all the humiliations, public and private, as she worked as nothing more than livestock, sleeping and eating with such. Her body painted at times with symbols of eroticism or good fortune, her former self passing away with every step that had hardened her feet.
And yet she had developed, she had persevered, she had learned her sense of duty here and came to appreciate each new day as a new adventure, no matter what she was told to do.
Here she stands at the pass. The latest caravanseri to own her telling her the road leads to Samarkand where she could be sold to others and maybe taken west. She has not spoken a word of her own language in months. The priests of the inland valleys who muttered Latin between her breasts and thighs, long passed by along the Silk road. That aeroplane, the first this year, still too far away.
Her current load is taken off and given over to two lesser sized women. She squats in the all too familiar fashion allowing all her femininity to be observed by the rest of the passing caravan. She says nothing, only smiles her thin mouth, smiles her vivid eyes, feels the wind sway the bells than hang from her nipples. 
Her owner gives one a hardy shake before swishing the back of another slave. She looks up at the curious new owner. Bald headed, wearing a simple sack cloth with long sash. He does not look at her only shakes her other bell. She kneels and lifts the bamboo bar with the two heavy clay pots. Whatever inside more valuable than her. A new hat is placed on her head and she rises to follow.
Back down the road she has traveled to arrive here. She gives one last look over her shoulder at the far away bird. What was her name then. Has she forgotten that too. The man calls at her. A new dialect she must get used to. “Come, Red Ox”. 
She obeys. Remembering Duty. She hurries to catch up. A new adventure.
Soft Wing Sabre
F-86F-10 number 613 G of 2 Squadron, SAAF, demonstrating the automatic slats on the leading edge of the wing. This was characteristic feature of the so-called "soft wing" Sabrejets, the slats automatically opening at low air speeds to provide improved lift and maneuverability by changing the profile of the leading edge of the wing. Along with the swept wing ratios, the automatic slat design was originally developed by German Messerschmitt engineers during the Second World War and both these innovative features were incorporated into the post-war American Sabrejet after the capture of the key design documents.
Precious Poeksie
F-86F-10 Sabrejet of 2 Squadron, South African Air Force. The aircraft depicted (613 G, aka "Precious Poeksie") was named by and assigned to 2nd Lieutenant A. V. Mather, though pilots did not always fly their assigned aircraft due to periodic maintenance and servicing. The "Flying Cheetahs" of 2 Squadron were South Africa's key contribution to the UN forces in the Korean War, where they operated as a fighter-bomber unit attached to the American 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing. From nearly the beginning of the war, 2 Squadron excelled in the ground strike and interdiction role, attacking communist troop concentrations, armor columns, supply convoys, and strategic targets like bridges, tunnels, and munitions dumps. Although spending the first two years of the war flying the obsolete American P-51D Mustang fighter, by 1952 the squadron had been converted to the F-86F Sabrejet, then the most advanced fighter jet model available to the UN forces. 2 Squadron was the only non-American air unit permitted fly any Sabrejets during the war, an honor that attests to the reputation they had won among their American counterparts in the preceding two years of fighting. The new aircraft gave 2 Squadron a great advantage in their conventional ground attack role and also brought them an added measure of success in air-to-air combat. Flying the F-86F in the last year of the war, a 2 Squadron pilot was credited with damaging a communist MiG-15 fighter jet, the most feared aircraft fielded by the communist forces in Korea. After the war, 2 Squadron returned to South Africa, bringing home their Sabrejets along with Presidential Unit Citations from the governments of South Korea and America. Years later, 2 Squadron went on to fly Mirage III jets during the operations in Angola and today it is the only remaining fighter squadron in the South African Air Force.
Mirage F1CZ
A Mirage F1CZ of 3 Squadron SAAF over southern Angola during Operation Askari, December 1983.


a new historical-themed artwork is coming along at a fast pace, very eager to share when finished
Sun Mar 5, 2017, 1:43 AM
book review of Viljoen's memoir is done! Will be returning to finish Reitz's soon, now that I have found a different online copy
Tue Feb 28, 2017, 12:01 PM
the site hosting one of the better online copies of Reitz's Commando seems to have gone down :(
Fri Feb 3, 2017, 3:22 AM
i am re-reading Reitz's memoir in preparation for a review. being an account written several years after the war, it reads very differently to Schikkerling's wartime diary. Not to doubt Reitz's veracity of memory, but is abundantly colorful and eventful
Fri Dec 23, 2016, 6:37 PM
i think i will write a book review of Deneys Reitz's celebrated memoir of the South African war. it is the one most people seem to have read
Thu Dec 1, 2016, 5:33 PM
a new boer war artwork nearing completion
Thu Nov 24, 2016, 2:03 AM


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siriuswerke2 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Check out SirinkMan here at DA.  Has a wonderful topographic map of South Africa, which I find helpful in understanding the rivers and high ground.
ToaTeku Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
The Terror of the Transvaal is easily one of my favourite The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck chapters. 

ColorCopyCenter Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, i suspected as much ;)
ToaTeku Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
I love your art, but to be honest there's only one Boer for me... =P (Razz) 

ColorCopyCenter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would really appreciate that!
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