Battle of Diamond Hill
|Battle of Diamond Hill|
|Part of Second Boer War|
The Charge of the CIV's and Coldstreams at the Battle of Diamond Hill, after a drawing by William Barnes Wollen
| United Kingdom
| South African Republic
Orange Free State
|Commanders and leaders|
| Field Marshal Lord Roberts
General Ian Hamilton
| Louis Botha
|14,000 British soldiers and 70 guns||4,000 men and 22 guns|
|Casualties and losses|
|162 killed and wounded||50 killed and wounded|
The Battle of Diamond Hill (Donkerhoek) took place on 11 and 12 June 1900 during the Second Boer War. Fourteen thousand British soldiers squared up against four thousand Boers and forced them from their positions on the hill.
Forty-four years after the battle, British General Ian Hamilton opined in his memoirs that "the battle, which ensured that the Boers could not recapture Pretoria, was the turning point of the war". Hamilton credited Winston Churchill with recognizing that the key to victory would be in storming the summit, and risking his life to signal Hamilton.
- Brian Kelly, Best Little Stories from the Life and Times of Winston Churchill (Cumberland House Publishing, 2008), pp. 57–58.
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