The 260 compelling letters excerpted in this volume convey a sense of immediacy, realism, and the perceptions, observations, hopes and fears of the soldiers and civilians involved in all aspects of the siege of Kimberley. They superbly supplement the published and official accounts of the Boer War and make a significant contribution to one's understanding of this last major British imperial conflict.
British Commission for Military History
The Ninth and last Cape Frontier War of 1877–1878 finalized the subjugation of the amaXhosa people to colonial rule, yet it has for long been unaccountably neglected in the history of South Africa’s Hundred Years’ War. Keith Smith rectifies this omission in his authoritative, well-contextualized, balanced and thoroughly researched Wedding Feast War. It is the first book devoted entirely to this gruelling campaign with its pitched battles, desperate guerrilla resistance and merciless ravaging of Xhosa territory.
John Laband, author of Bringers of War
Renowned expert on Zulu military and author of a number of books on the Anglo-Zulu war, Ian Knight has put together a collaboration of the most important and insightful reminisces of the bloody war of 1879 in one volume. The brutal and destructive nature of the war led to the deaths of over 7,000 Zulu warriors , their king being deposed , their government overturned and their homes and crops laid to waste which , in effect ,puts in to question the morality of our British soldiers. These generals who were educated members of Victorian society were not considered brutal men , but believed that the preservation of the British Empire was of the upmost importance and by expanding territorially they were spreading the just cause of Christian enlightenment. Knight provides an entertaining and insightful read for the general reader and an essential text for anyone studying the war by linking and evaluating each of the accounts and providing a brief outline of each soldiers career and role in the.. Read more
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