The Anglo Zulu War continues to attract phenomenal interest. What was meant to be a quick punitive expedition led by Lord Chelmsford turned into a watershed for British Colonial power. The ignominious defeat at Iswandhlwana was a terrible blow to British military pride but the heroic stand at Rourke’s Drift, while a minor event by comparison, allowed the powers-that-be to salvage some honor.
This authoritative book covers all the main players, be they military, political or civilian, with concise yet readable individual entries. In addition to the military commanders on both sides, we have the VC winners, those at Rourke’s Drift and survivors of the massacre. Individuals such as The Crown Prince Imperial whose actions made an impact all have entries.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)|
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The authors, recognized authorities in England and South Africa on the Zulu War of 1879, allow that although this work is not comprehensive, it includes 'all of the major figures, movers and shakers who shaped the conflict' along with many others they found particularly interesting for one reason or another. Seventy-four military figures are taken chronologically with short biographical profiles, noting of their significance in the Zulu War, and vignettes of military actions they were involved in. The massacre of over 1300 British at Isandlwana and the defense of an outpost at Rorke's Drift by about 150 British against thousands of Zulu warriors figure in many of the profiles. Many of the profiles contain too material on lesser-known encounters and the nature of the Zulu War. 'On March 28, elements of Wood's command assaulted the Zulu stronghold at Hlobane Mountain.' In taking the stronghold, the British encountered 'Zulu snipers concealed among the boulders at the foot of the cliffs which surrounded the summit.' Besides the traditional spears and shields, some of the Zulus had outdated rifles sold to them by Europeans. The 20-page introductory chapter is an especially good summary of the Zulu War.