Rorke's Drift By Those Who Were There (Hardback)
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“The great host came steadily on, spreading out spreading out - spreading out till they seemed like a giant pair of nut-crackers opening round the little nut of Rorke’s Drift.” – Surgeon Major James Henry Reynolds V.C., Army Medical Department
On 22 January 1879, during the final hour of the Battle of Isandlwana – one of the greatest disasters ever to befall British troops during the Victorian era – a very different story was about to unfold a few miles away at the mission station of Rorke’s Drift. When a Zulu force of more than 3,000 warriors turned their attention to the small outpost, defended by around 150 British and Imperial troops, the odds of the British surviving were staggeringly low. The British victory that ensued, therefore, would go down as one of the most heroic actions of all time, and has enraptured military history enthusiasts for decades.
Featuring a wide range of first-hand accounts and testimonies from those present during the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, Rorke’s Drift By Those Who Were There is a remarkable work of Anglo-Zulu military history by those who know the topic best, Lee Stevenson and Ian Knight. This updated edition of the classic work of the same name includes even more first-person accounts from the combatants on both the British and Zulu sides.
Providing personal, microscopic accounts of events, while at the same time presenting a clear overview of the battle in its entirety, readers will gain an impressive, unique breadth of knowledge about one of the most awe-inspiring battles in British history.
As featured byThe Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society
5 out of 5Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
It is an excellent reference resource.
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Informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a six page Bibliography, three pages of Notes, and a seven page Index, "Rorke's Drift By Those Who Were There" by co-authors Ian Knight, Lee Stevenson, and Gary Bayhnam-Jones is a seminal contribution to personal, professional, community, and academic library 19th Century British Military History collections in general, and the Southern African Anglo-Zulu War in particular.Midwest Book Review
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As featured inWargames Illustrated – Issue 421, January 2023
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, S Ballinger
Rorke's Drift is one area of history I find fantastic and when I saw Ian Knights name on the book I knew I had to read it he is one greatest Anglo-Zulu history writers there is.
The book is a welcome addition to my collection on the subject, it's a fantastic collection of never before published first-hand accounts of one of the most infamous battles in British history.
First-hand accounts are the best way to get a sense of place. The farther you go back in history, the more important that becomes, and the harder it becomes for a historian to find those voices. This book pulls it off, presenting accounts with flaws and all. Voices of the past can be wrong or outdated, but they're still worth hearing.NetGalley, Spencer Wright
"Yes you have beaten us; you had the best guns, but we have the best men . . . But we’ll fight again in two or three years’ time." – Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande (who led the Zulu at Rorke’s Drift) On 22 January 1879, during the final hour of the Battle of Isandlwana – one of the greatest disasters ever to befall British troops during the Victorian era – a very different story was about to unfold a few miles away at the mission station of Rorke’s Drift. A Zulu force of more than 3,000 warriors had turned their attention to the small outpost, defended by around 150 British and Imperial…By Alan Baynham-Jones, Ian Knight, Lee Stevenson
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