Zulu Rising: The Epic Story of iSandlwana and Rorke's Drift
On 22 January 1879, in the shadow of an imposing rocky outcrop called iSandlwana, the bloodiest defeat inflicted on the British Army during the Victorian age took place. Now Ian Knight skilfully weaves together the lives of Zulu patriots like Mehlokazulu kaSihayo and Matshana kaMondise and professional British soldiers such as Anthony Durnford and Charlie Harford - the men who were at the human heart of the savage and iconic Anglo-Zulu War. He presents not only a gripping picture of the pressures that drove both sides to a terrifying and bloody confrontation, but a definitive history of the battle that has shaped the political fortunes of the Zulu people to this day. 'I loved it . . . full of fresh thinking, new ideas and new wisdom' Neil Oliver 'Exceptional . . . exposes the bloody truth about the two famous clashes in the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War' Sunday Times 'A fine book' Richard Holmes
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Great book, only disappointments being an occasional tendency to bog down in logistics, and there being only one rather cursory chapter devoted to Rorke's Drift, despite being mentioned in the book's subtitle. But a terriffic read nevertheless. I hadnt really understood previously how an army equipped only with spears could have defeated and destroyed the might of Britain's Imperial forces armed with modern rifles, cannon and cavalry, but Knight makes very clear the level of bungling, second-guessing, ego-tripping and sheer stupidity which led to this happening, not to mention the bravery and tactical skill of the Zulu themselves which the British severely underestimated. Top quality read.
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Ian Knight captures the prejudices and mistakes made by the colonial authorities, restores many of the forgotten aspects of the conflicts (the central role played by native forces in the British ... Read full review
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