For many people the epitome of the British soldier of the late Victorian period is the Redcoat who fought in southern Africa in the 1870s. This title covers the key period of the wars against the Zulu and Boers; the dramatic battles of Rorke's Drift, Isandlwana, Ulundi, Laing's Nek and Majuba are some of the most famous engagements in the history of the British Army. The journey of the British soldier from the back streets of Britain's inner cities, to the isolated rock outcrop of Isandlwana and the mountain top of Majuba is one of discipline, devotion, loyalty, bravery, determination and sheer hard-work. It is a journey from which many men never returned.
About the Author
Ian Castle served for many years on the council of the Victorian Military Society, is currently a consultant to the Anglo Zulu War Historical society and is also involved in the archaeological project working on the Zulu War battlefields. Ian began writing more than ten years ago and besides contributing numerous articles to military journals has now written ten books, five of them in the Osprey Campaign series.
Table of ContentsIntroduction · Chronology · Enlistment · Training · Appearance and equipment · Everyday life · Experience of battle · Colour plate commentary · Museums · Collecting · Re-enactment · Index