Zulu! The Battle for Rorke's Drift

Zulu! The Battle for Rorke's Drift

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Fought on the night of 22/23 January 1879 and immortalised in the film epic Zulu, Rorke's Drift represented one of the most glorious, if subsequently controversial episodes in British military history. For twelve desperate hours, outnumbered by over 25-1, barely 140 British soldiers, based at the remote mission station of Rorke's Drift, South Africa, were locked in a ferocious life or death struggle with over 4000 seasoned warriors of the hitherto victorious Zulu Army - the most powerful indigenous African army. Only hours earlier, in the shadow of the ominous Sphinx-like Isandlwana Crag, other elements of this same Zulu force had virtually annihilated a 1700-strong British colonial force - one of the greatest defeats of Queen Victoria's reign. In the wake of this massacre, the survival of the British Empire in South Africa rested with the tiny garrison of Rorke's Drift.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 120 x 196 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 80ill
  • 0752435027
  • 9780752435022
  • 1,355,153

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'The central story of the fight at Rorke's Drift is evocatively set out, much as it must have appeared to the participants' DR IAN BENNETT.show more

About Edmund Yorke

Edmund Yorke is senior lecturer in Defence Studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and has written and researched extensively on the Zulu War. He was the historical consultant for the recent History Channel/Discovery Channel television documentary on Rorke's Drift. His other books include Mafeking: The Story of a Siege and One Hundred Years of Conflict.show more

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