A hypergame analysis of the battle of Magersfontein

G. Geldenhuys

Abstract


The battle of Magersfontein, 11 December 1899, can be modelled as a hypergame. The analysis shows how British misconceptions of the Boer strategies and strength led to an ill-advised British attack with disastrous results for them. Several points in connection with hypergames are illustrated in this case study.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5784/7-1-471

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