Rorke's Drift, 1879
Pinned Like Rats in a Hole
By (author) Ian Knight
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Rorke's Drift, 1879 by Ian Knight
Book DescriptionRorke's Drift sums up some of the best traditions of the British self-image: steadfastness against the odds, victory in adversity and the thin red line. The British stand deserves to go down in history as one of the most heroic actions of all time. The story of a mere 150 British and Imperial soldiers defending an isolated outpost against over 3,000 Zulu warriors summed up the experience of the colonial adventure for the Victorians and remains part of our heritage even today. Ian Knight recounts the course of this famous conflict in which no less than 11 Victoria crosses were won.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855325067
(250mm x 185mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian Knight
Anatomy of the Zulu Army, Paperback (November 2015)
Explanations of Zulu tactics, weapons, and fighting methods.
Marching to the Drums, Paperback (October 2015)
Dramatic tales of warfare from Britain's great days of empire.
British Infantryman vs Zulu Warrior, Paperback (October 2013)
The short but savage Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 pitched well-equipped but complacent British soldiers into combat with the Zulu, one of history's finest fighting forces. This study traces the changing face of infantry combat in the Anglo-Zulu War.
New Zealand Wars, 1820-72, Paperback (March 2013)» View all books by Ian Knight
Between 1845 and 1872, various groups of Maori were involved in a series of wars of resistance against British settlers. The Maori had a fierce and long-established warrior tradition and subduing them took a lengthy British Army commitment, only surpassed in the Victorian period by that on the North-West Frontier of India.
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Author Biography - Ian Knight
Ian Knight was born in 1956. He was a freelance writer on military history for ten years before studying Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Kent. He has written widely on Zulu history and travelled extensively in Zululand. Ian was the editor of the Victorian Military Society journal for many years, and has written several books for Osprey.
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