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On the afternoon of April 17, 1901, Winston Churchill delivered a lecture on “Some Impressions of the War in South Africa” before a large audience at the Royal United Service Institute in Whitehall. Unlike his previous lectures on the war, in this speech he covered a series of “technical subjects.” With his experience as a journalist and soldier in the then ongoing conflict in South Africa, Churchill, in the lecture, commented on the position and duties of the war correspondent, made recommendations regarding more effective cooperation between the artillery and infantry, and discussed the performance of the cavalry in the war. He concluded by saying that rather than create “a miniature German army in England we should build up in accordance with the natural genius of the British people a British army for the British Empire.” In attendance for the lecture were General Sir Redvers Buller, V.C., General Lord Chelmsford, the Duke of Bedford, Sir John Colomb, and Admiral Sir E.R. Fremantle.

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