Editors. "Battle of Magersfontein: British are repulsed by Piet Cronje". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19304, accessed 22 May 2013.]
In the course of the Second Boer War, the pattern of British defeat initiated at the Battle of Stormberg the previous day is continued when a British force under Lord Methuen is repulsed by Piet Cronje at Magersfontein in the Orange Free State. The so-called 'Black week' for the British is completed on 15th with Louis Botha's repulse of British commander Redvers Buller at the Battle of Colenso in Natal.