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The Story Of The Bravest Battle Ever FoughtOn Nd January A Force Of , Zulus Overwhelmed And Destroyed The British Invading Force At Isandlwana, Killing And Ritually Disemboweling Over Troops That Afternoon, The Same Zulu Force Turned Their Attention On A Small Outpost At Rorke S DriftThe Battle That Ensued, One Of The British Army S Great Epics, Has Since Entered Into Legend Throughout The Night Men Held Off Six Full Scale Zulu Attacks At The Cost Of Only Casualties, Forcing The Zulu Army To Withdraw Eleven Victoria Crosses Were Awarded For Bravery Shown On That Night, The Largest Number For Any One Engagement In HistoryBut As Adrian Greaves S New Research Shows There Are Several Things About The Myth Of Rorke S Drift That Don T Add Up While It Was The Scene Of Undoubted Bravery, It Was Also The Scene Of Some Astonishing Cases Of Cowardice, And There Is Increasing Evidence To Suggest That The Legend Of Rorke S Drift Was Created To Divert Attention From The Appalling British Mistakes Which Caused The Earlier Defeat At Isandlwana

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    Anybody thinking about writing a book about the Battle of Rorke s Drift should read this book and give up the idea Unless you own a time machine, I really don t see how this book can be bettered It is a tour de force of historical research, which explodes many of the assumptions linked to the battle, thanks mainly to the famous film Zulu and John Prebble s rather error strewn screenplay for it.The first misconception that Adrian Greaves tackles is the one about where the 24th Foot was garrisoned not in Wales The Regiment moved to Wales after the Zulu War, but it definitely wasn t a Welsh regiment in 1879, so that bit about raising the troops spirits by singing Men of Harlech made for great cinema, but dodgy history.Greaves shows how Rorke s Drift should never have been the scene of a battle Not only had Cetshwayo, the Zulu King, done nothing to provoke the war or the British government in London anything, either, in fact , but Cetshwayo had forbidden his generals to launch incursions outside Zululand Rorke s Drift was in Natal, only just inside Natal, but crucially out of bounds, according to Cetshwayo s orders.No description of a battle can ever re discover every detail of the action The death, the injury, the smoke, the fear and the noise all conspire to prevent a genuinely complete account of a battle from ever emerging I think this author has done as good a job as is humanly imaginable with Rorke s Drift, allowing for the fact that contemporary historians didn t try all that hard to get eye witness accounts from Zulu survivors Despite the Zulus losses at Rorke s Drift, most of the Zulus present left the place unscathed, but that doesn t mean they escaped the bloodbaths later in the war Greaves comments on the horrific injuries inflicted by the British Martini Henry rifle, which fired a high velocity, huge calibre round, with in the right hands great accuracy such casualties could still be encountered in South Africa decades after the Zulu War He also points out, though, just how much ammunition the defenders of Rorke s Drift expended it s unlikely that the redcoats had enough bullets left to resist another attack, by the time the Zulu force conceded defeat.Perhaps the outstanding achievement in this book is the detective work the author performed to find out the backgrounds of the British soldiers at Rorke s Drift and their experiences afterwards It has to be said that this section is pretty harrowing reading, because few lived to old age, or even to see in the next century One of those who did was the Colour Sergeant, Frank Bourne, who ended his military service as a Lieutenant Colonel Greaves includes the transcript of a recording which Lieutenant Colonel Bourne made for the BBC, with his reminiscences of the battle Tragically, the transcript is as miraculous a survivor as Frank Bourne was himself the actual recording was discarded in the Sixties.I could name quite a few military historians who have acquired enviable reputations, without ever writing anything nearly as good as this This really is one of the best books I have ever read.

  2. says:

    From the very start of the book Adrian Greaves sets the scene with the politics and people that led to the events of 1879 His coverage of the actual battle at Rorke s Drift is a short but highly detailed account The aftermath of the battle is well explored with detailed accounts from those that were there The maps included are detailed and I particularly liked the maps of the Mission at Rorke s Drift during the stages of retreat right up to the last stand position There are copies of the hand written reports from Chard and Bromhead as well as others The Rorke s Drift Medal Citations are most interesting I have read a lot about the events at Isandlwana and Rorke s Drift and this book rates in my opinion among one of the best accounts.

  3. says:

    These two days and related period of history have long been a fascination for me and Greave s is a good addition to the library Although, at first, I found the text a little small, I became accustomed to it He creates the time very effectively with his initial chronology, long introduction to set the scenes and his chapter on the Zulus.His lists of participants was very helpful and created a much clearer picture of those concerned and the finaL Bromehead papers and letters are fascinating.Well worth the few pence it cost and, although there are many other books written on the subject, e.g Kershaw s, it did add new information and created a personal view of those involved.

  4. says:

    Very informative about this topic Lots of detail about the event and the men involved.Good insight into Zulu wars

  5. says:

    Excellent book very good read

  6. says:

    A fantastic book , so much information in it about this historic battle.

  7. says:

    A speedy delivery Very good African history Just as described Very pleased Thank you.

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