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Dave C George

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My books examine the ‘Man behind the Gun’. This is possible due to the Boer custom of naming their rifles, which adds a very personal touch to an otherwise nameless weapon. This practice was unique to the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. The Boer generals encouraged their men to name their rifles and some of the officers set an example by having their own weapons carved. The carvings range from highly ornate creations to the very basic . I endeavour to relate a brief service history about each soldier or burger. This includes the battles they fought in, if they were wounded, decorated or captured. Many of the Boers were sent overseas to POW camps. In these cases, they often continued to carve small items and mementos from wood, ivory and bone etc. Where possible I add a photo of the person and any other available post war details. I am passionate about recording as many of these historic weapons as possible.

Carvings from the Veldt - Part Four

After another five years of collecting photos and a good deal of research, I have "been and gone and done it" - again. Printed in full glossy colour like my previous publications. The Hard covered book features another 210 more 'carved and engraved' Rifles, Carbines and Handguns. Stocks of the new books will be available around mid June 2023.

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