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The Anglo Zulu War - Isandlwana (Hardback)

The Revelation of a Disaster

Boer/Zulu War Military/Maritime/Historical More History

By Ron Lock
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 235
ISBN: 9781526707420
Published: 9th October 2017

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In 1878, H.M. High Commissioner for Southern Africa and the Lieut. General Commanding H.M. Forces, clandestinely conspired to invade the Zulu Kingdom. Drastically underestimating their foe, within days of entering the Zulu Kingdom the invaders had been vanquished in one of the greatest disasters ever to befall a British army.

The author not only dramatically describes the events leading up to the Battle of Isandlwana , and the battle itself but, with new evidence, disputes many aspects of the campaign long held sacrosanct.

It offers a controversial but compelling account of the battle that underlines the consequences of operational arrogance and underestimating the fighting abilities of a less technologically equipped enemy - something that should resonate with all those who serve.

Soldier, June 2018 – reviewed by Maj Andrew Banks, Australian Army

Isandlwana is the latest of this highly respected experts studies of this fascinating war in Victoria's reign against a brave and skillful foe, in particular the story of the British Army's greatest disaster and defeat in the field.

The evidence given by the five Imperial survivors at Fugitive's Drift is presented and it is valuable to have it all together in one place.

The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

Ron Lock was once a British military policeman, before embarking on a lifetime spent in east and South Africa. For the past twenty five plus years, he has been a Zululand battlefield guide of considerable renown.

If you read no other book on the Zulu War this year; read this one!

Royal Australian Corps of Military Police

The liberal use of footnotes, a comprehensive bibliography and a useful index will please Lock's more scholarly readers, while the mainstream reader will be enthralled to encounter an entirely new angle on this enormously debated battle.
This is a book that should be on the bookshelves of everyone who is interested in the history of South Africa.

The South African Military Society

“Lock’s lasting contribution to the historiography of the wicked wars against the Kingdom of King Cetshwayo is likely to be his making of the truth about what led to the undoing of Chelmsford’s unprovoked invasion plans”.

The Natal Witness

Although a little vague in places, it's certainly an interesting overview of the entire period.

The Armourer, February 2018
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