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Zulu War VCs (Hardback)

Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879

Boer/Zulu War Frontline Books Biographies Victoria Crosses Military

By James W Bancroft
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781526722645
Published: 5th September 2018



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The Anglo-Zulu War lasted only six months in 1879, but in that relatively short time twenty-three men were awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry under most trying and dangerous circumstances. Zulu warriors gave no mercy and expected none in return, yet half of the awards were given to men who went back into the midst of fierce fighting to rescue stranded comrades, well-aware that they risked suffering a particularly brutal death.

Two men received posthumous awards for their efforts to save the Queen’s Colour of their regiment after the disastrous engagement against overwhelming numbers of warriors at Isandlwana, and perhaps the most famous of all awards of the Victoria Cross were the eleven gained for the immortal defence of Rorke’s Drift, the battle brought back to the public consciousness by the motion picture Zulu!

The conflict has never left the public’s imagination, and continues to stir hot debate among military historians and enthusiasts.

With information compiled over four decades by James W. Bancroft, a well-known and respected historian and author of several publications on the subject, this book brings together more information about the men than has ever before been collected together in one publication.

As featured by

Medal News, February 2019

As featured by

The Northumbrian, December 2018/January 2019

It brings together more information about the Zulu War VC recipients than has ever been collected together before in publication. The author, is a respected historian who is known for various publications on the subject.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Article: 'Bravest of the brave recalled' as featured by

Nottingham Post, 11th October 2018 – words by Andy Smart

Article: 'Dorking's Zulu War hero who risked his life to save comrade' as featured by

Dorking Advertiser, 27th September 2018 - words by Dave Comeau

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The Forester, 26th September 2018

About James W Bancroft

In the four decades James W. Bancroft has been writing he has produced more than 100 books and articles, the subjects of which reflect his varied interests. He contributed a number of articles for The New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and his book Rorke's Drift: The Zulu War, 1879 has been re-printed seven times. When he is not writing James enjoys singing and playing and listening to music.

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