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Generaal C.R. de Wet: Die invloed van sy Christelike oortuigings op sy optrede as ’n veldheer of krygsman 1899–1902

Piet J. Strauss
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a4982 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.4982 | © 2018 Piet J. Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 March 2018 | Published: 31 October 2018

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Piet J. Strauss, Department of Church History and Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

For, General C.R. de Wet, the well-known military leader of the Republic of the Orange Free State in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899–1902, this was a war undertaken in faith. As far as De Wet was concerned, his Christian faith had to determine his way of life: every decision and every action. Therefore it was also visible in his reasons for fighting and other actions in the war. De Wet cared for practical worship around the Bible and prayer with his men on commando. His Christian convictions, however, also showed in his common sense and decision-making skills on the battle field, his respect for friend and foe when in contact, and his humanity in treating soldiers. From this point of departure, De Wet undertook, from his side, a gentleman’s war. De Wet was a man of action and of deeds, and not of hesitance, which sometimes led to mistakes and tactical blunders on his side.

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