‘Shooting Power’: A Study of the Effectiveness of Boer and British Rifle Fire, 1899–1914

Spencer Jones


The effectiveness of Boer rifle fire had a significant legacy on the development of British musketry standards. This would prompt improvements in training which would allow the infantry of the BEF to cause disproportionate casualties to their German adversaries in 1914. This paper charts the success of the Boer methods and explains how the British adapted to the increase in infantry rifle fire.

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