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    British Historian Tortured to Death by Black Attackers


    A renowned British historian who for nearly 20 years regaled audiences in South Africa with tales of the Anglo-Zulu war has died after a savage beating by black armed robbers.

    Robert Gerrard (photo) suffered serious brain injuries, a shattered pelvis and severe burns in the attack, during which he was beaten, tied up, and had boiling water poured over him.

    He died last week aged 74 after suffering complications from his wounds, having been left unable to walk after being tortured in February.

    Gerrard was attacked by black intruders on the evening of February 25 after returning to his cottage after dinner with guests at the lodge.

    “As he unlocked the door he saw one black man and punched him on the nose but didn’t realise that there was another one behind him with a gun,” his sister Sally Gerrard Fox said.

    “They beat the living hell out of him, smashed his head into the floor, tied him up, poured boiling water over him, fractured his pelvis in seven places.

    “Afterwards, he was shattered not only that this had happened but the brutality behind what happened, the lack of clear reason for it.”

    The black attackers made off with two handguns and two rifles, one of which had been his father’s, along with credit cards and a signet ring they broke his finger to wrench off.

    Fox said her brother had been left profoundly depressed by the attack.

    “For the first time in my life, I could see that he was almost scared,” she said. “I have never seen him scared of anything in my life but he was.”

    Robert Gerrard trained under David Rattray, the most celebrated historical storyteller in the region and a close friend of the Prince of Wales.

    Gerrard later became the resident tour guide at Isandlwana Lodge in KawZulu-Natal, with his home overlooking the hillside where one of the region’s most famous battles took place.

    Both men met the same fate: Rattray was gunned down in his home by armed black intruders in 2007, while Gerrard was tortured and left unable to walk.

    Gerrard, who came from a long line of military men, was an author and resident historian at the Isandlwana Lodge, which overlooks the famous battlefield where British soldiers were defeated by the Zulu army.

    His book, People of the Heavens, covers the battle of Isandlwana, the subsequent events at Rorke’s Drift, all the battles of the Anglo-Zulu war and the aftermath.

    “Rob’s passion and knowledge of the Anglo-Zulu war is without equal and his eloquence and presence as a speaker was masterful,” a spokesman for the Department of the US Navy, which had the benefit of hearing him talk about the subject, said.

    Educated in Britain and commissioned into the British Army, Gerrard served with the Gordon Highlanders in Kenya and on secondment in Malaysia, Borneo and Thailand.

    He left the army in 1969 and moved to South Africa, becoming a commodity trader.

    But it was his passion for British military history that led him to lecturing on the *battles of the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 and the Anglo-Boer wars of 1881 and 1899-1902.

    He was made a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society in 1998.

    His great grandfather, Sir John Robinson, was the first prime minister of the British South African colony of Natal, he said in a recent blog post, and his father had been the commanding officer of The Gordon Highlanders, the British army infantry regiment that fought in the Anglo-Boer war along with both world wars.

    Police are still investigating the assault on Gerrard.

    http://praag.org/?p=23615

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    Horrible. What a horrible way to die.

    I don't/didn't know anything about the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars. I'm guessing the men who killed him are Zulu descendants.

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    Damned vermin. I feel for the Afrikaner and white Anglophone Anglo-Saxon/Celtic populace of Central and Southern Africa.

    Robert Gerard's murder is an outrage: an outrage among many outrages.

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