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August 11, 2008


Tim Abbott

Right on target, Dennis!


This may be a photo of Alte Feste in Windhoek (Windhuk), Namibia. It was originally a fortress built during German colonial rule when the area was known as German South-West Africa. Conflicts among the Herero and Nama peoples and German colonists led to an uprising that came to be known as the Herero Wars. While the fighting lasted for many months, the decisive battle occurred on August 11, 1904 at Waterberg where the Germans were led by General Lothar von Trotha. As a result of deaths in battle as well as German capture of Herero cattle and sources of water, as many as three fourths of the Herero may have perished. Some historians consider this the first genocide of the twentieth century.


Castle of Good Hope, possibly?

Tim Abbott

Good guesses and good thinking. The time period for the rider depicted in the equestrial statue is indeed late 19th / early 20th century. He is not Australian. Note the button cockade on the turned up flap of the slouch hat. On the actual uniform, the cockade would be in the colors of the horizontal tricolored flag, a flag of empire. Keep at it!

David Corbett

Dear Berks. ,
Ascalon Castle ? I thought perhaps Krak des Chevaliers but the Battle of Ascalon was in August . This is a tough one. Is the statute of the Australian Light Horse ?
cordially ,
David Corbett


I'm going to go out on a limb and say it is the big fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


there was a battle in jackson missouri on august 11th in the civil war, i belief the hushpuppies won, but i can find no fort subsequently to inhabit that spot.

was thinking it might be from the mexican war but the RoTx flag was vertically divided.

too bad they didn't go with the white flag with the picture of the cannon on it that said, "Come Take It" though to visit today it would appear they took it to heart nonetheless.


The fort of Nova Coimbra, involved in the "War Of The Triple Alliance" in South America in the 19th century...?


Doug Hudson

That's a tough one. The flag is clearly a horizontal tricolor with a symbol, but the picture is too small to make out the symbol. The only big battle I could find for August 11 was Amiens, but that doesn't seem to fit. The equestrian statue appears to be from mid-19th century to early 20th, but it isn't anyone I recognize.

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