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Title: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 05, 2018, 10:16:58 am
Now the last time I did a similar trip I was accused of being "obsessive" about General Christiaan de Wet.  In the national press.  In Rapport op 'n Sondag.  Ek is 'n bietjie mal.  So just for the record.  General de la Rey was the best of the lot.  And there is a specific reason to it.  When an old man, that serviced  under Botha, de la Rey and de Wet,  was asked who the best was, he eventually had to decide between de Wet and de la Rey..  He finally gave the judgement that de la Rey was the best.  When he was asked what made the difference giving de la Rey the edge, the oom answered "Want hy moes met die Wes Transvalers reg kom!" And on this trip the Wes Transvalers, and Stellanders showed their metal.  People opening up their hearts and houses to us.  With a great sense of humor.  We would have to rely on them and they never disappointed.  The story is a cruel joke, but de la Rey was brilliant man.  Billy Joel sings a song about Leningrad and sung "We never knew what friend we had, until we came to Leningrad"  We never knew what friend we had until we came to the Wes Transvaal.

Christiaan Rudolf de Wet, at the end of the 1914 rebellion.

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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on November 05, 2018, 10:30:58 am
n Geskiedkundige toer met n moderne vervoermiddel ................  :sip: :sip:
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 05, 2018, 10:36:31 am
Die trip begin van die kaart af.  By Schutsdrift net Noord van Bothaville, dan oor Leeudorings, met so ompad na Glaudina (Vleeschkraal en daar gaan hy op hierdie kaart aan.

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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Dorsland on November 05, 2018, 10:41:23 am
Mooi man, uiteindelik weer iets wat die moeite werd is om te lees hier oppie forum.  Kappit flou Armpie, ek sien baie uit.

So terloops, sonder om verder jou fred te skaak, was ek gelukkig om 'n genommerde Africana weergawe van Genl. De Wet se Three Years of War so 'n klompie jare gelede te kon koop.  As my huis ooit beginne brand, gryp ek daai boek eerste.

Skryf voort......
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 05, 2018, 11:47:56 am
This report might take a week to finish, but let me tell you in the mean time the history.  So at the end of the Boer War the British got a number of very unwilling subjects.  Some of them changed in time and endorsed the new Union of South Africa.  But when the Union declared war against Germany in September 1914, it did not go off well in certain areas.  That was still fine, but when the South African Government decided to call up the Commando's to fight the war in German South West Africa, the pot boiled over.  About 18 000 Freestaters, Transvaler and Northern Cape rebels took to the field.  With Premier Louis Botha, stood his minister of Defence, Jan Smuts and many other Bittereinders.  On the rebel side the Chief of the Army Gen Beyers resigned and took up arms, so did General de Wet in the Free State, in Potchefstroom Gen Jan Kemp, and in Upington Manie Maritz.  But the rebels were outnumbered by 4 to one.  And except for good horses they were outgunned in every other facet. One in 3 did not even possessed a rifle.  So the rebellion in the Transvaal and Free State was doomed right from the start.  In the Northern Cape the Rebellion continued until early February 1915.  But this story is about the Rebel General Christiaan Rudolf de Wet, hero from ther Anglo Boer War.  And de Wet's attempted escape.  And the poor horses that succumbed to the power of the motorcar in the sand.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: dirtyXT on November 05, 2018, 12:12:22 pm
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Post by: J-dog on November 05, 2018, 02:23:32 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: 0012 on November 05, 2018, 04:18:52 pm
Super sub   :thumleft:

ek sien daai roete loop baie naby aan Schweizer-Reneke verby....
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 07, 2018, 12:18:19 pm
So the Rebellion took off in the Northern Freestate, with limited success to the rebels.  At Doornberg I the Northern Freestate,  Danie de Wet, son of Gen, de Wet's died in battle.  But on 11 November 1914 the rebels were given a big defeat when Gen. Botha's Government troops at Mushroom valley near Winburg, attacked de Wet's commando with artillery and and a bigger force.  It was obvious the rebels needed equipment.  So on 16 November at Virginia Siding, the 2500 strong de Wet commando was cut in two when trying to cross the railway line.  On the 18th de Wet send his commando home.  He and  a small group of 12 men would try to get to German South West Africa to get help.  But the plan with only 12 men did not work, soon again he would have a commando of more than 130 rebels with him.  The 12 first went south and then turned north.  Trying to cross the Vaal at Kommando drift north of Bothaville,  but the drift was protected, so the 13 men went a few kilometer upstream to Schutsdrift.  And here things started.  This is where at Bothaville were our trip would start in earnest. We would follow the tracks of the Boer Pimpernel on his last trip. 
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 07, 2018, 12:27:27 pm
So why would a 4 or 5 bikers follow the tracks of a rebel to the South African Government, 104 years later?  Well in the South African context there are a number of famous horse treks.  Dick King from the new Durban to Grahanstown.  1843 1000km in 10 days.  The Gen. de Wet Brandwater escape, the Denys Reitz Cape excursion, the 1914 Gen. Kemp rebellion trek with 800 men from Vleesckraal to DSWA, and then this one.  The last trek of gen. de Wet.  By now the man was nearly 60 years old.  But this time the rules would change.  As a small boy I was told stories by my 1914 rebel oupa about his 1914 rebellion adventures.  I learnt about Waterbury, but could not find it on a map.  As desendant of a 1914 rebel, I just had to go search for this place.  My oupa was not on this trip, but politically (and militarily) the young Gert and his father was fighting the same fight.  a Nationalist one.  One of a republic, free of England.  And the old KLR would take on the sand for this one.
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: DikZol on November 07, 2018, 01:23:07 pm
Ek ry saam!
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Kamanya on November 07, 2018, 02:04:35 pm
A soutie is also along for the ride if you don't mind.

Excellent start!
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: lpj on November 07, 2018, 03:05:06 pm
Ek's in vir hierdie een... :sip:
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: ROOI on November 07, 2018, 03:42:25 pm
 :deal: :ricky:
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: J-dog on November 07, 2018, 05:35:49 pm
My great uncle...   8)
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: 1ougat on November 07, 2018, 05:45:34 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Poenabul on November 08, 2018, 12:28:09 pm
Why are we waiting????????
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 01:14:55 pm
Sorry I experienced some family member in intensive care and family at my house. Give me a day or two
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 02:18:34 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: evansv on November 11, 2018, 02:28:25 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 03:39:28 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Tony the Boney on November 11, 2018, 03:50:30 pm
This is going to be nice. Ek is hier!
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 05:15:28 pm
Now the trip into the Rebellie history starts at Pretoria.  With three Rebels.  Then on to Carletonville and a stop at Potch were another Johannesburg rebel joins the trek.  After Potch the small commando sets off for the Freestate.  This is the tracks of the Great Freestater.  And we must start in the Freestate.  At Bothaville we filled up and set off for the Vaal Crossing.  After Mushroom Valley de Wet sent his men home and now at 21:30 on 21 November he was opposite the lKommandodrift.  But the 13 men were stopped by a Regeringswag in the Anglo Boer War Blockhouses.  So, with the help of a local farmer and his black labourer they small commando moved 8km north and here at Schutsdrift they crossed the Vaal at 00:30 on 22 November 1914.  But without knowing it, there was also Regeringstroepe posted there.  So after crossing the river a vicious firefight broke out and 6 of the group run into a barbed wire entaglement.  With no way of escape, the group of 13 became a group of 7.  So we reached a drift (it might be Schutsdrift) and crossed over into the Transvaal.  Without a shot being fired.  Even with today's waterlevel, I think the KLR would be able to manage the drift.  Below is the old bridge build on the shallows of the drift.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 05:40:54 pm
Now after the general and his 6 men crossed the Vaal their next target was Leeudorings.  They had to get there before day break.  They made the 20km and when they reached the little town there was again a doringdraad fence.  There was a train at the station and a few meters before the train was a gate.  So they charged through the gate without incident and set of north.

The road along the Vaal to the now Leeudoringstad
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The railway line at Leeudoringstad.  As all of them these days.  Dirty and neglected.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 05:51:29 pm
For the next 4 hours the little group continued north until they reached a house at the farm Palmietfontein, at the start of the Klipspruit.  The house was a bit lower than the rest of the surroundings and Kmdt Mentz, the son-in-law of de Wet saw the weakness.  The group had more than 24 hours last something to eat.  And the horse had to rest.  The next moment a army car with soldiers and Col Sarel du Toit surprised them.  In the shootout Mentz was wounded, and the young Hendrik Spies was also captured.  Harm oost de Wet's secretary jumped on a horse but a few hundred meters later the horse died.  From 12 it was 7.  Now it was only 4.  Here as Palmietfontein near the start of the Klipspruit our little rebel commando stopped under a thorn tree, and had lunch.  We did not eat anything since we left the Wimpy in Potch at 8.  And it was already past 1.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 06:02:10 pm
From Palmietfontein we went north and then west.  Huge mielielande.  At times lots of sand.  And times the most flies I have ever seen in my life.  But for the next 2 days the general and his men moved in the same direction. just beyond the N12 Gary had his first fall.  But we continued in the hot Wes Transvaal sun.  On our merry way to Vleeschkraal.  Today know as Glaudina.
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After Gary's fall in the sand, I lost the power to my GPS, and there next to the road we did some motorcycle auto electical changes
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 11, 2018, 06:25:02 pm
ROLL BACK THE CLOCK 12 YEARS TO 1902.  11 APRIL- TO BE PRECISE.  So here was the ABW getting to the close. de le Rey and the supreme commanders was at Vereeniging to talk about talks about talks.  So Gen jan Kemp was left in charge.  On 11 April 1902 Jan Kemp with a force of 700 men charged over 2000m open terrain the British lines at Roodewal.  Completely stupid.  The left end of the line was held by 3000 Britsh soldiers..  Right in front, in a blue jacket was the kmdt of Wolmaranstad.  Kmdt Ferdinandus Potgieter.  He charged bravely but about 200m before the lines the attacked stopped.  On the battle field was 150 Boer casualties. 54 dead.  Many wounded.  Many captured.  The story always fascinated me, so we turned 15km out of our de Wet tracks to see where these brave men buried.  Potgieter was buried how and where he fell.
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 The brave man in the blue jacket as he died
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Kmdt Potgieter se graf in die suidwestelike hoek, teen die oorkantse muur.  Sy graf le so suidwes, noordoos
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Callie en Piet by Roodewal between de la Reyville and Ottosdal
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Tony the Boney on November 11, 2018, 07:27:03 pm
This is so interesting  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: dirtyXT on November 12, 2018, 06:47:14 am
like a real life history channel show!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Buff on November 12, 2018, 07:10:36 am
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 07:35:07 am
ROLL ON TO 23 November 1914.  Now it would not be the last gen Jan Kemp cavalry charge.  In the last days of the  Rebellion he would undertook a similar charge on Upington.  Wit similar results.  This time ABW Cape Rebel and 1914 Rebel Kmdt Albert Stadler would die.  Sad.

But our little commando would turn our bikes south to Glaudina, 23km away.  Here on the 23rd of November de Wet and his 3 men arrived at the farm Vleeschkraal.  It was from here were Kemp 3 weeks earlier started his trek to Duitswes.  With 700 men.  But when de Wet arrived he found 80 Free State rebels.  And a day later 50 more Western Transvalers.  In 2 days his commando turned into 130 men.  On the 25th the Government forces of Col Sarel du Toit found them again and in heavy rain a vicious 5 hour pitched battle took place.  In the midst of the battle one more man joined them.  Harm Oost the man who's horse died 4 days earlier, evaded capture and found a horse!

In 1930 the farmer, van Zyl,  at Vleeschkraal applied for "dortpstigting" and formed the setlement of Glaudina.  Named after his wife.  At Glaudina we found the couple Japie and Valerie van Heerden, the current owners.  It was hot.  And thirst was a problem.  But Japie showed me his pride and I bought a beer.  The smallest I could get hold off.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 08:35:03 am
So we left our new found friends and set off west, past Migdol to Broedersput.  I drove past it.  We turned on the N12 and slept at Union Guest Farm.  Small farm but they supply wild animals for movies.  So they have buffalo, Zebra, Gemsbok and many other things.  Magda en Frikkie Jacobs.  Nice and hospitable people.  Support them when you travel there.  About 30km north of Vryburg on the road to Delareyville.

At Unity Gaste Plaas a Wes Transvaalse Rebel joined us.  A Farmer of Hartbeesfontein.  We were 5 now.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Snafu on November 12, 2018, 09:05:12 am
Ek ry saam!
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 09:37:01 am
De Wet and his commando’s problems started on the 25th of November when they were attacked at Vleeschkraal.  They moved into the dry west country.  But also on the 25th 170 motorcars of the “Special Motor Transport Contingent” were loaded on the train at Kimberley.  As de Wet crossed the railway line at Devondale that night, the cars were unloaded at Vryburg.  Now it was motor car against horse.  And into the coming sand of the Kalahari,  the cars could only manage 8km per hour, the same as the Commano’s horses.  But cars do not get tired.

We turned right on to a small farm road the Z136 and travel the next 35km on that road.  We crossed the railway, like de Wet at Devondale. Then the tweespoor paadjie with gatte en slote continued.  The last part was 8 gates in the last 5km.  But really pleasant riding.  Then we reached the tar road and drove into Stella.  At the Kooperasie we put in Petrol and the manager gave us all a free Coke.  I told you these are hospitable friendly and generous people. 

The Rebel Flag is seen at Devondale 104 years later
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The Z136
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: ratrap on November 12, 2018, 09:48:52 am
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 10:32:35 am
About a year into the ABW, the two general brothers de Wet, Piet and Chrisjan had a disagreement about the continuation of the war.  Piet said is futile and a waste of blood.  Chrisjan said he would fight to the bitter end.  Piet left the commando at Blesbokfontein 15km east of the current Edenville and surrendered to the British.  Later he actively fought the Bittereinders.  His Volk would never forgive him.  Piet left the Free State and settled west of Stella on the farm Beesdam were he started breeding horses.  Now with the introduction of motorcars Chrisjan and his 130 men needed fresh horses.  And Christiaan knew where to get them.  So from Devondale the rebels went through the veld, directly to Beesdam.

How times have changed!  14 years earlier Piet was the traitor. In some circles he is still seen that way today.  Now Chrisjan and his bunch were the traitors.  In some circles he is still remembered for his treason in 1914.  So we set of to Beesdam and Pieter and Amanda, the farm of the great great grandson of gen. Piet de Wet.  We wanted to see the horse camps and old house.  But to get there was the fisrt serious sand. 23km of it.  It would be the precursor of what was to come.
 Die 20 jarige Piet de Wet by Majuba
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Piet en Amanda de Wet sit vir ons 'n brekfis op die tafel.  Waar kry jy mense wat vir 5 vreemdes ontbyt maak?  Dit was net die begin van hulle groothartigheid.

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En hier in die kamp waar die perde stalle was, wag hierdie pragtige dier op ons.  die de Wet's van Beesdam weet van mooi perde.

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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: sidetrack on November 12, 2018, 10:37:23 am
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 10:45:19 am
Colonel Saker with his 170 cars from his dealership,  leave Johannesburg for the Kalahari to fight the rebels. The colonel was good with car sales and the strategy of using cars, but his tactical military application fell short.  So Gen. Coen Brits, one of Louis Botha's Boer Generals took over the command of the SMTC.  This is a rare picture of the cars.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 11:44:47 am
When sitting under Pieter de Wet's tree we were waiting for Gary and Callie.  When arriving we found out that Gary became the first casualty of the sand.  After breakfast we went about 1km before Gary stopped us.  He could not go on in the sand.  His ribs were seriously damaged.  We phoned Piet and a few minute later Piet arrived with his bakkie.  We loaded the GS onto the bakkie and Piet took Gary away to Stella.  Piet de Wet is ons held.  Baie dankie Amanda.  Julle gasvryheid is hoogs waardeerd.
  So kom Piet tot ons redding.  Baie dankie.
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The 5 Rebels.  The only picture of them.

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Die witsand.  Dit voel soos Ilovo golden syrip wat jou fiets vasgryp.  Geen krag.  Jy dink die fiets gaan vrek. Ongelukkig het ek nie 'n mooi foto van die baie dik sand en stof gatte nie.  Dit was nie 'n tyd om stil te hou nie.  Die mense moet my maar glo.  Strews bob.  Maar daai een gat so 20km voor Tosca was seker 100m lank en die hele breedte van die pad.  Jy kom so aan dan weet jy "Hier kom moeilikheid!!!"
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Tony the Boney on November 12, 2018, 12:22:04 pm
well done Armpie!
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 12:48:32 pm
The de Wet Rebel commando took Piet de Wet's horses and set of on the 27th of November.  Going north to the Molopo.  But even that was 100 miles away.  With the cars and a number of loyal government horse commando's on his tail.  One of the commando's were commanded by Mentz, the brother of de Wet's son-in-law.

Going with the bikes through the sand was difficult. It was now midday and there were no shadows on the road.  You will see the dark line on the road, thinking it is the hard part of the road, just to realize with a shock it is the sandy ridge in the centre with loose dark stones on it.  Then negotiating away from it.  At stages the road was sunken sand 3m wide with sand on the shoulders.  There were tracks Kris-crossing the entire width of the road.  It was sand every where.  We stopped at Piet Plessis and took a photo of Piet Plessis at Piet Plessis

Piet Plessis at Piet Plessis
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 01:06:45 pm
So the road between Piet Plessis Tosca was the same as from Stella, only worse.  We reached Tosca, feuled up and set of 15km west to the Waterbury turn-off.  But now we were in Leeuwereld.  This was 300m sand.  Not long.  Deep!
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By now de Wet's commando was in a battle with the cars and lost 50 wounded and captured and 30 men were cut off.  Only 50 remained with him. They reached Deelfontein 15km south of Waterbury midnight on the morning of 30 November.  But there was no water.  Luckily the cars had to give up the chase in the afternoon.  The cars got stuck in the sand.  But the horses were spend.   Only one thing remained go to Waterbury.  It was the only well in many kilometers.  4m deep and chipped out of the iron rock, the water was nearly undrinkable, but there was no other.  At 2 in the morning of 30 November the 50 riders reached the well at the northern side of the randjie.  There were two huntershuts and the hunters Jacobs and Fourie helped them.  In the morning the 30 lost men also arrived.  But there was no chance of taking off.  The horses were exhausted.  Along the route they came was a trail of discarded clothing, blankets and horses to weak to continue.  By the afternoon the hunters went south.  They would betray the position, if it has not already been betrayed by the stuff thrown away.

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Callie's bike take a rest
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 12, 2018, 01:34:17 pm
As we took on the 2 spoor paadjie I contemplated taking the de Wet option.  Throw away the baggage.  Drop the bags with baggage,  tools and spare tubes behind a bush and come fetch it later with a bakkie.  But my please fell on deaf ears.  I took off and a kilometer later the track split.  I waited and then Piet  and the other two arrived. I took off again and after another kilometer stopped again to rest and await the other.  It was only now that the suggestion made sense.  So we phoned farmer Gert and a while later he arrived with wife Jeanette (as official photographer) and Simon (official biker pick up helper).  We loaded the baggae on the bakkie and set off again for another 5km.  And so with falls and rests,  over the next 45 minutes we reached Waterbury.  But the Monument was still 6km away.

The moment before you debuss from a bike.  Side stand incident.  The bike on the floor but the rider always ending on his feet
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 13, 2018, 12:33:50 pm
We arrived after a 7km grueling sand slog at the little house in the sand.  Gert and his wife Jeanette opened up their hearts and their koskaste.  Just like the de Wets at Beesdam.  May they be deeply blessed.  The most friendly hospitable people.  We were treated like kings.
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We decided to leave the bikes at the house and set off in the 4x4 bakkie to the Monument.  This late in the afternoon there were no objections.  We travelled 8 hours over very challenging terrain, and to sit on the back of a bakkie with a beer was a fair break from the sand and the adrenalin.  So we continued through the sand and then up a little ironrock hill untill we reached the Monument on the northern side of the randjie.

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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 13, 2018, 01:08:42 pm
The Rebels stayed here at the well for the 30th of November 1914, and were finally betrayed by the two hunters.  At first light on Sunday 1 December 1914 a horse commando under the commando of Col Jordaan, a AWB Bittereinder surrounded the 80 rebels.  They also took the high ground around the Monument.  The rebels horses were to weak, and without a shot, the rebels surrendered.  de Wet turned to the soldiers and asked "Wie is julle?  Boere of Ingilse?  The young men answered "Boere", so de Wet made the remark "So die Ingilse kon my op die ou einde nooit vang nie!"  But that was the military end of Gen de Wet.  He was send to Johannesburg and tried on treason charges.  He was sentenced to 6 years, of which he did 2 years in the Johannesburg Fort.  The Helpmekaar Vereeniging paid his fine.  Today there is no mention of this at the Constitutional Court.
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 13, 2018, 02:58:47 pm
That evening we had a most enjoyable night with beer and the most incredible dark night with beautiful stars.  Next morning we had a another quick stop at the Monument before we had a breakfast.  We said good bye to our new found friends.  The sand was cold this time and travelling back to the Tosca road a bit easier.  I placed my feet on the pedal when leaving the opstal and put it down 7km later on the tar.  Gert and Jeanette left for their farm at Ottosdal and so did Wicus, the Wes Transvaal rebel.  We remaining 3 decided to go north and then along the Molopo.  We headed for Mafikeng 300km away.

Everything went fine except for two incidents.  Near Mabule Dam a donkey mare and her fowl decided to make it a sprint from a standing start.  Luckily I applied the skill of a emergency stop successfully. 
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 13, 2018, 03:27:59 pm
The second incident happened at this place.
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Piet wanted to see the mighty Molopo but the road runs a few hundred meters from the river and the Botswana border.  The next thing the road turned and here is the dry riverbed 20m away and the border 60m away.  And the gate is open.  So I turned in to about 20m from the fence.  Piet made a turn in the dry riverbed and stopped next to me.  While he turned back, I took a picture of him in the dry riverbed 30 meters away.

Out of the blue through the gate burst a khaki Landcruiser, flying in our direction.  It swerved out and stopped about a meter from we.  "Wie is julle en wat soek julle op my plaas!!!?  Ek skiet mense soos julle!!!"  Peter Knipe, I found out on the internet his name is.  Piet Knipe, ou grote, luister mooi wat ek se. Die plaaslike vuurwapen offisier sal jou woorde op Piet se kamera interessant vind met jou volgende vuurwapenaansoek.  Vuurwapen eienaars moet maar versigtig wees wie hulle met die skietysters dreig. Dan moet ek jou hiermee inlig.  Nie een korrel van jou 8000 hektaar sal jy eendag kan saam vat nie.  Niks van jou rykdom nie.  En laastens.  MAAK JOU BLEDDIE HEKKE TOE AS JY SO OOR "JOU" GROND VOEL!! 

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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: >>Thump°C on November 13, 2018, 04:16:27 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 14, 2018, 06:20:13 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Armpie on November 14, 2018, 06:28:58 pm
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Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: 1ougat on December 14, 2018, 09:44:11 am
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Interesting
Title: Re: Rebel Ride- On the 1914 tracks of Gen de Wet into the Kalahari
Post by: Casting from Turd on December 14, 2018, 01:35:22 pm
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