schantze

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schantze

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schanze

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schanse

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(Military) military South African a pile of stones heaped to shelter soldiers from gunfire
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On the 24th, [January] fighting began at the Tugela again and on the 25th the British took Spion Kop, which was the key of the positions to Ladysmith; next morning, a small party of Boers stormed the position under cover of a thick mist and, when the mist lifted, the English discovered the Boers lying close to their schanses and they had to retire on account of the reinforcements not arriving.