20 October 1899, Dundee Natal, 5.40am – the British forces under Major General, Sir William Penn Symons have mustered in the town square for drill.
|"Keep em' at it Sergeant Major, drill, drill and more drill until this sorry lot really start to look like soldiers of the Queen begad!"|
|"That's better, much better - but what's that infernal banging?"|
|"Look lively lads, jump to it someones bleedin' well shootin' at us!"|
As the early morning mist clears it becomes obvious the Boers have stolen a march on Penn Symons and occupied Talana Hill overlooking Dundee. The Boers have had the audacity to place artillery on the hill and fire shells down towards the town.
|They've also occupied Smith's Farm at the base of the hill and taken advantage of the stone walls around the property to create a strong defensive line.|
|As well as taken positions on Lennox Hill to the left of Talana Hill.|
There’s only one thing for it – a frontal attack in close order to clear the rag-tag of farmers away, that’ll show them!