Rorke’s Drift 1879 & Isandlwana, A Battlefield Guide

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.


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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
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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.