download pdf Crucible of Honour: The Battle of Rorke's Drift (The Anglo-Zulu War Book 2)Author James Mace –

On The Morning Of January , While Three Columns Of British Soldiers And Their African Allies Cross The UMzinyathi River To Commence The Invasion Of The Zulu Kingdom, A Handful Of Redcoats From B Company, Th Regiment Are Left To Guard The Centre Columns Supply Depot At Rorke S Drift Ten Miles To The East, The Main Camp At Isandlwana Comes Under Attack From The Entire Zulu Army And Is Utterly Destroyed Four Thousand Warriors From King Cetshwayos Elite Undi Corps Remained In Reserve And Were Denied Any Chance To Take Part In The Fighting Led By Prince Dabulamanzi, They Disobey The Kings Orders And Cross Into British Natal, Seeking Their Share In Triumph And Spoils They Soon Converge On Rorkes Drift An Easy Prize, With Its Paltry Force Of Redcoats To Be Readily Swept AsideUpon Hearing Of The Disaster At Isandlwana, And With Retreat Impossible, The Tiny British Garrison Readies To Receive The Coming Onslaught Leading Them Is Lieutenant John Chard, A Newly Arrived Engineer Officer With No Actual Combat Experience Aiding Him Is B Companys Previously Undistinguished Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, Along With Year Old Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, And A Retired Soldier Turned Civilian Volunteer Named James DaltonUnbeknownst To Either The British Or The Zulus, Half Of The Centre Column, Under Lord Chelmsfords Direct Command, Was Not Even At Isandlwana, But Fifteen Miles Further East, At Mangeni Falls However, With A Huge Zulu Force Of Over Twenty Thousand Warriors Between Them And The Drift, Their Ammunition And Ration Stores Taken Or Destroyed, And An Impossible Distance To Cover, Chelmsfords Battered Column Cannot Possibly Come To The Depots Aid, And Must Look To Their Own Survival The Defenders Of Rorkes Drift Stand Alone