Fascinating photos have been released showing military life in Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, at the end of the 19th century. The pictures taken by photographer W. Rausch,were taken between 1896 and 1900 when Cecil Rhodes was establishing British control in Zimbabwe during the ‘Scramble for Africa when European nations were vying for control of the continent and its resources.
In March 1896, the Ndebele revolted against the authority of the British South Africa Company. The spiritual leader (Mlimo), convinced his people that the 4,000 settlers were responsible for the drought, locust plagues and the cattle disease ravaging the country at the time.
Bulawayo came under siege but British troops were sent to defend the major settlements, with war raging on until October 1897.
In recent years, the colonial history of Cecil Rhodes and of Britain in Africa have come under closer scrutiny and have faced harsh criticism.
This image archive remained in Zimbabwe until recently when it passed into the safekeeping of a vendor in Berkshire with links to the country. It has now emerged for auction and is tipped to sell for £5,000.
Chris Albury, of Dominic Winter auctions in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said: ‘The archive had been in Zimbabwe until quite recently and is owned by a family with links to both Britain and Zimbabwe.’
Pictured, Ndebele men
Pictured, soldiers from the military force raised by Rhodes known as the Pioneer Column with their high-powered weaponry
Specifically, the troops in the images were fighting in the Second Matabele War, which pitted the British against the Ndebele (pictured)
Pictured, British South Africa Company local African soldiers lined up with their guns
This photo shows soldiers rustling through a pile of mail to find letters from their loved ones in the Bulawayo camp
In March 1896, the Ndebele revolted against the authority of the British South Africa Company (pictured)
Pictured, British South Africa Company troops sorting through their provisions.
Pictured, a cemetery at Fort Gaberons – titled ‘Graves of those who fell at Crocodile Pools’
Pictured, soldiers from the British South Africa Company at a lookout with ammunition around their necks poised and ready to fire.
Pictured, native British South Africa Company soldiers drinking from water carts
Chris Albury, of Dominic Winter auctions in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said: ‘The archive had been in Zimbabwe until quite recently and is owned by a family with links to both Britain and Zimbabwe’
Mr Albury said: ‘The value of the album stems from the remarkable number of photos in it and the quality of them.’ Pictured, a train station in Bulawayo, Rhodesia
This photo shows the town of Bulawayo in Rhodesia with a number homes, shops and military buildings on display.
This image shows a group of Salisbury officers posing in front of their tent at Crocodile Pools in Bulawayo.
This image shows British South Africa Company soldiers posing in front of their weaponry at Fort Umluglu, Bulawayo.
British troops and their civilian families pose alongside African men in this photo taken at a military facility
A large group of settlers pose in their finery for a celebratory photograph in Bulawayo behind a string of bunting.
This image shows the Laager market which provided supplies, cooked food and even accommodation for the night
Troops pose for a casual photo alongside their guns and even their pet dogs in this photo in Bulawayo
This photo, showing colonial troops and Ndebele tribesmen working together, is entitled: ‘Gambo receiving his beer at the war dance’
In this image troops armed with guns and bullets pose at the Gaberons Station in Bulawayo in front of a loaded train
An armoured train carriage can be seen in this photo taken by photographer W. Rausch along with military men attending to the machine
These signalmen can be seen posing for a photograph along with their flag equipment, guns and ammunition in 1896.
This photograph shows the first train coming into Bulawayo. A banner on the front of the train says: ‘Advance Rhodesia’
This photo shows a group of local chiefs gathering for a meeting in Bulawayo
British troops pose for a photograph in this image entitled ‘Before going to the front’
In this photograph native troops can be seen lining up at a hut in the town of Bulawayo
British troops can be seen sitting on their horses in this photograph at Bulawayo
This interesting image shows Captain Lawly’s camp in Victoria Fall’s
This photograph shows Fort Halsted in Bulawayo,