A small British force, standing against 4,000 Zulus, made a great movie. The real-action was just as stirring, and now here is a battlefield guide. Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Rorke's Drift 1879 & Isandlwana, A Battlefield Guide FILE: R2463 AUTHOR: Chris Peers PUBLISHER: The History Press BINDING: soft back PAGES: 191 PRICE: £20.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Zulu War, South Africa, Race for Empire, British Army, Victorian Era, besieged, small garrison, river crossing, mission ISBN: 978-0-7509-6730-3 IMAGE: B2463.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/zvvhcq8 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A small British force, standing against 4,000 Zulus, made a great movie. The real-action was just as stirring, and now here is a battlefield guide. Very Highly Recommended. The story of Rorke's Drift was a Victorian special. The British Army had confidently marched into the Zulu Kingdom with very little intelligence to prepare them for the type of fighting they must face. They were poorly led and camped on open ground where they were overcome by the Zulu Impi at Isandlwana, being killed almost to the last man. At the mission station of Rorke's Drift, a few miles down the road from Isandlwana, a small party had been detailed to bridge the river crossing in support of the army. The position was not equipped with military defences and the garrison could not have been expected to stand against thousands of Zulus, flushed with their victory and armed with weapons taken from the British dead. The British held out and their extreme bravery was rewarded with the unprecedented award of eleven Victoria Crosses. By any standard, the courage displayed was beyond all reasonable expectations. The action did much to divert British public opinion from the disaster of Isandlwana and the need for major reorganization of the British Army. This book provides an excellent guide for those who wish to know more about the battlefields and it is essential reading for anyone intending to visit South Africa and tour the battlefields. There is the sound advice that any tour guide should contain, and a mass of first class photographs through the body of the book.