Isandlwana: How the Zulus Humbled the British Empire

Isandlwana: How the Zulus Humbled the British Empire

by Adrian Greaves


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The story of the mighty imperial British army’s defeat at Iswandlwana in 1879 has been much written about but never with the detail and insight revealed by Dr Adrian Greaves’ research. In re-constructing the dramatic and fateful events, the author draws on recently discovered letters, diaries and papers of survivors and other contemporaries. The

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ISBN-13: 9781783462629
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 05/03/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr Adrian Greaves FRGS, a former soldier and senior police officer, has devoted the last 20 years of his life to studying the Anglo-Zulu War. He is the founder of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society, the author of numerous works including the bestselling Rorke’s Drift ( ) to which this book is a worthy companion. His books, The Curling Letters of the Zulu War, Redcoats and Zulus, Sister Janet, Who’s Who in the Anglo-Zulu War (2 volumes with Ian Knight) and David Rattray’s Guidebook to the Anglo-Zulu War Battlefield (Editor) have all been published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Acknowledgements ix

Maps x

Introduction - Disaster at Isandlwana xv

Chapter 1 Conditions at Home 1

Chapter 2 The Adversaries 13

Chapter 3 Preparations for War 26

Chapter 4 The Days Before 50

Chapter 5 Decoy and Defeat 69

Chapter 6 Flight from Isandlwana 91

Chapter 7 After Isandlwana 115

Chapter 8 The Re-invasion and Destruction of Zululand 144

Notes 154

Battlefield Participants 161

Appendices 194

Bibliography 219

Index 221

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