VOICES FROM THE PAST: THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
The battle seen through the eyes of those who took part, this is an enthralling reading. Though numerous books have been written about the charge, all claiming to ‘reveal the truth’ or to understand ‘the reason why’; exactly what happened at Balaklava on 25 October 1854 continues to be fiercely debated. Voices from the Past, The Charge of the Light Brigade relives that fateful day not through the opinions of such historians but from the words of those that were there.
An Episode of the Great Game
A very welcome new account of the famous siege of the fort at Chtiral in 1895, where a small Indian Army garrison, commanded by Surgeon-Major Sir George Scott Robertson and Captain Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, was besieged by a joint Chitrali and Pathan army. Despite the odds being heavily stacked against them, Robertson’s beleaguered little garrison held out for forty-eight days until a relief expedition was able to fight its way through to the rescue. The siege and subsequent relief is a story of valour and sheer determination in the face of a stubborn adversary and extreme weather conditions, all played out on the often-mountainous terrain of the north-western border of British India.
SIRDAR AND KHALIFA
Kitchener’s Reconquest of Sudan 1896-98
The Sirdar and the Khalifa examines Kitchener’s belated campaign to re-conquer the Sudan and avenge the death of General Gordon: a war that began in 1896 and ended less than two years later with the epic Battle of Omdurman. The true story of the Omdurman campaign is a classic tale of British soldiers battling a fanatical Dervish enemy in the harsh terrain of the desert. It is also the campaign that made Kitchener a household name, one that would last to this very day.