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Marching to the Drums (Kindle)

Eyewitness accounts of War from the Kabul Massacre to the Siege of Mafikeng

Military Biographies Frontline eBooks

By Ian Knight
Frontline Books
File Size: 47.0 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 303
Illustrations: 28 illustrations in plate section, with seven maps
ISBN: 9781848322424
eBook Released: 3rd November 2015


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In this gripping collection of first-hand accounts, Ian Knight presents the adventure of nineteenth-century warfare – from the thrill of the cavalry charges at Balaklava and Omdurman, to the terror of battle against an overwhelming odds such as Rorke's Drift – in the words of the men actually there.

These eyewitness accounts provide a vivid and sometimes shocking insight into the brutal realities of warfare for the British imperial soldier, who fought against enemies from massed ranks of Russians and assegai-armed natives to sharp-shooting Boers, in often the most terrible conditions imaginable.

These stirring tales of military adventure have been edited by Ian Knight and brought together and published in book form. Originally featured in turn-of-the-century magazine, popular during the heyday of empire, these historically valuable accounts throw considerable light on campaign conditions during Queen Victoria's colonial wars.

Marching to the Drums includes accounts focusing on the experience of battle during such pivotal conflicts as the Sikh Wars, the Crimean War, the Afghan Wars, the Anglo-Zulu War, and those in China, the Sudan and South Africa.

First published in 1999 and now re-published in paperback format, this is a compendium of
first-hand accounts, which bring to life the realities of warfare in the Victorian era. Originally featured in turn of the century magazines which were popular during the heyday of empire, these tales reveal the experiences of the British imperial soldier, who fought many different enemies, often in difficult conditions. Events such as the Sikh Wars, the Crimean War, the Afghan Wars, the Zulu War and the Boer Wars are all covered. There are 31 monochrome illustrations, few maps and an index. Well worth a read for those interested in Victorian military history.

Stuart Asquith, Author

As featured in

Chichester Observer

About Ian Knight

Ian Knight is one of the best-known authorities on the Anglo-Zulu War. As well as lecturing and writing articles on the subject for journals and magazines, he has compile museum catalogues and acted as a consultant for television documentaries produced by the BBC and the History Channel. His many books include Brave Men's Blood: The Anatomy of the Zulu Army, The National Army Museum Book of the Zulu War and a biography of the Prince Imperial. He is also vice-president of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society. Ian Knight lives in Sussex.

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