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South Africa 1877-79

Despite the attention grabbed, thanks largely to its recreations on the big by the Zulu war in South Africa in 1879, there were other long and difficult campaigns against other tribes both in 1879 and in 1877-78. The campaigns were an expedition against the Galeka and Gaika tribes in 1877-78, fighting against the Griquas near Kimberley in 1878, and a campaign against the Basutos which ran concurrently with the Zulu War in Natal of 1879. The reason for the latter overshadowing the other campaigns is that two important pitched battles were fought on the same day, Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift, which are notable events in British military history. Isandhlwana was a signal defeat for the British, thanks in large part to the incompetence of its commander, Lord Chelmsford, in which an entire British column was massacred. Rorke's Drift was a heroic against-the-odds defence of an isolated mission and hospital station by a hugely outnumbered British force. This was commanded by two young and junior officers, Lieutenants Chard and Bromhead. More VCs were won at Rorke's Drift than in any other one day action fought by the British army.

South Africa 1877-79 (Zulu War)



VICTORIA’S HARVEST: THE IRISH SOLDIER IN THE ZULU WAR OF 1879
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VICTORIA’S HARVEST: THE IRISH SOLDIER IN THE ZULU WAR OF 1879
Product Code: 25112

This book tells the story of some of the Irish men who served as soldiers in Queen Victoria's Army, before, during and after the Zulu War of 1879. Men who fought not necessarily for a queen or a country, but most often for their regiment; a regiment that had seen numerous fellow Irishmen and ofte...
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ISANDLWANA 
How The Zulus Humbled the British Empire
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ISANDLWANA How The Zulus Humbled the British Empire
Product Code: 24671

With the aid of recently discovered papers and diaries of battle survivors, Adrian Greaves, an authority on the Zulu Wars, presents a fresh account of Isandlwana, the battle in which the Zulus humbled the mighty British Empire and wiped out most of Lord Chemsford's invading army.
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WAR DESPATCHES SERIES: ZULU WARS
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WAR DESPATCHES SERIES: ZULU WARS
Product Code: 24718

A unique collection of contemporary accounts giving a complete picture of the 1879 Zulu War which saw the battles of Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift and Ulundi and the defeat of the Zulus as an independent nation.
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OLD WEST COUNTRY REGIMENTS
From Plassey to the Somme (11th, 39th and 54th)
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OLD WEST COUNTRY REGIMENTS From Plassey to the Somme (11th, 39th and 54th)
Product Code: 23977

A solid and substantial account of three West Country line regiments and their part in the conquest of India; and the Napoleonic, Crimean, Zulu and Boer Wars, culminating in the bloody battle of the Somme.
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ZULU KINGS AND THEIR ARMIES
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ZULU KINGS AND THEIR ARMIES
Product Code: 23970

Arguably sub-Saharan Africa's most martial tribe, the Zulus under their kings Shaka, Dingane, Dinizulu and Cethhwayo established a formidable reputation as an invincible military force. This book examines the relations of rulers and armies and how the whole Zulu people were mobilised as a warrior...
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ZULU WAR
Through Contemporary Eyes
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ZULU WAR Through Contemporary Eyes
Product Code: 23979

A vivid military history of the Zulu War written just 15 years after the conflict. The true triumphal tone of Victorian Empire at its zenith resounds throughout the book. British military incompetence at the disaster of Isandhlwanda is played down, and the heroism at Rorke's Drift played up. His...
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SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 24TH FOOT 1689-1937
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SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 24TH FOOT 1689-1937
Product Code: 23048

The South Wales Borderers and its predecessor units were one of the most distinguished, as well as one of the most venerable, line regiments in the British Army. Formed in 1689, the year of the ‘Glorious Revolution' the regiment played a major part in Britain's 18th century wars with France, and ...
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LIKE WOLVES ON THE FOLD 
The Defence of Rorke’s Drift
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LIKE WOLVES ON THE FOLD The Defence of Rorke’s Drift
Product Code: 23294

Rorkes Drift remains one of the most heroic episodes of British military history. The epic defence of the mission hospital against Zulus more than thirty times more numerous won 11 VCs for the beleaguered but victorious garrison. This magnificent military account brings the legendary episode to d...
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VOICES FROM THE ZULU WAR
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VOICES FROM THE ZULU WAR
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The best inside view of the Zulu nation before and during the 1879 War,told by Ian Knight, the leading authority on the subject. Knight explains the Zulus' victories in the context of their history and culture and explains their attitudes to war.
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EMPIRE AND ESPIONAGE
Spies In The Zulu War
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EMPIRE AND ESPIONAGE Spies In The Zulu War
Product Code: 21905

The military engagements of the Anglo-Zulu war - from the disaster of Isandlwana to the heroism of Rorke's Drift, are well-known, but this intriguing book recounts the secret war behind the scenes as spies, diplomats and African explorers competed in a secret shadow war behind the scenes.
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