Rev. The author plainly does not like the guy (which isn't part of the debate), for reasons not entirely clear, for example claiming he was an 'aristocratic pretender'. Morant's defence attorney, Major James Francis Thomas, demanded the acquittal of his clients under what is now called the Nuremberg Defence, alleging that his clients could not be held legally or morally responsible, because they only followed orders. I know nothing really about the Boer War. Paperback. [53], According to Charles Leach, "After the war, Major Wilfred N. Bolton, 2nd Wilts and Provost Marshal of Pietersburg, relinquished his military appointment to become a civilian magistrate. But Morant was a complicated man. Breaker Morant is a 1980 Australian film about the court martial of Breaker Morant, directed by Bruce Beresford and starring British actor Edward Woodward as Harry "Breaker" Morant and Jack Thompson as his attorney. Cutlack's story, said Wilcox, was based on Witton's Scapegoats and Frank Fox's Breaker Morant. [53], Although the Bushveldt Carbineers later alleged that all eight victims were Commando members, in reality, only five of them, Westerhof, Smit, Logenaar, Du Preez, and Pauskie were added to the Soutpansberg Commando's Roll of Honour.[62]. If for example, we have a surrender. Despite the warning and the fact that it was a bright moonlit night, Hunt chose to attack anyway.[37]. What features is beautifully researched and footnoted information on the lead up to the Boer war with detailed explanations of key battles with graphic descriptions of injuries and deaths to men and animals. His last words were reported as: "Shoot straight, you bastards! But Morant was a complicated man. ": Witton, Ch. Henry "Breaker" Morant (Edward Woodward) is an Englishman living in Australia at the end of the 19th century. Breaker Morant, Peter FitzSimons, Hachette, $49.99. Hamish Paterson states: "I don’t think they [the Australian supporters of a Morant pardon] have actually considered what Morant was convicted of. "[108], Even so, the Australian government was so resentful of the executions of Morant and Handcock that they insisted that no Australians be Court-martialed by the British military during World War I. Morant was at the Battle of Diamond Hill and was then part of General French's staff, Cavalry Brigade, as war correspondent with Bennet Burleigh of the London Daily Telegraph. Nine days later, one of the scouts returned alone and brought back information about the murders of Boer POWs and the assassination of Rev. "[45], Hearing the shots, the Viljoen Commando scattered. After about a year, he adopted the name Harry Harbord Morant, claiming to be a member of the British nobility and the estranged son of Admiral George Morant. "[51], On 20 August 1901, Captain Taylor received a report from his agent Henry Ledeboer, saying that eight Boer prisoners had surrendered to him and to BVC Trooper A.S. Petrie near the Swiss-run Elim Hospital. Peter Handcock under orders from Morant. I asked Visser by Lieutenant Morant's request how Capt. Other Morant effects contained in the bag included fragments of a trumpet, a bayonet scabbard, a bandolier, a cigarette case, brass drinking cups engraved with the initials HM, army field mess equipment, and a Boer War medal. He then asked as to the plans of the Boers. Soon afterwards, acting on a report that three armed Boer commandos were travelling to the fort, Morant took Handcock and several other men to intercept them. "[47], According to BVC Trooper Edward Powell, "After being captured he was conveyed in a cape cart about fifteen miles. 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