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Rorke's Drift, 1879: Pinned Like Rats in a Hole

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Rorke's Drift sums up some of the best traditions of the British self-image: steadfastness against the odds, victory in adversity and the thin red line. The British stand deserves to go down in history as one of the most heroic actions of all time. The story of a mere 150 British and Imperial soldiers defending an isolated outpost against over 3,000 Zulu warriors summed up the experience of the colonial adventure for the Victorians and remains part of our heritage even today. Ian Knight recounts the course of ...

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Overview

Rorke's Drift sums up some of the best traditions of the British self-image: steadfastness against the odds, victory in adversity and the thin red line. The British stand deserves to go down in history as one of the most heroic actions of all time. The story of a mere 150 British and Imperial soldiers defending an isolated outpost against over 3,000 Zulu warriors summed up the experience of the colonial adventure for the Victorians and remains part of our heritage even today. Ian Knight recounts the course of this famous conflict in which no less than 11 Victoria crosses were won.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855325067
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Campaign , #41
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 703,050
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Knight was born in 1956. He was a freelance writer on military history for ten years before studying Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Kent. He has written widely on Zulu history and travelled extensively in Zululand. Ian was the editor of the Victorian Military Society journal for many years, and has written several books for Osprey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Easy Read; Great Illustrations

    'Rorke's Drift' is an excellent edition of the Osprey war series, with great photos (contemporary and modern), artwork (contemp. paintings) and 3D type maps. The story is easy to follow, with some details not known by the casual-interest reader. Only disappointment is brief narrative but more text would have upped the cover price. Oh, well.

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