By (author) Adrian Greaves
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Rorke's Drift by Adrian Greaves
Book DescriptionThe story of the bravest battle ever fought. On 22nd January 1879 a force of 20,000 Zulus overwhelmed and destroyed the British invading force at Isandlwana, killing and ritually disemboweling over 1200 troops. That afternoon, the same Zulu force turned their attention on a small outpost at Rorke's Drift. The battle that ensued, one of the British Army's great epics, has since entered into legend. Throughout the night 85 men held off six full-scale Zulu attacks at the cost of only 27 casualties, forcing the Zulu army to withdraw. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for bravery shown on that night, the largest number for any one engagement in history. But as Adrian Greaves's new research shows there are several things about the myth of Rorke's Drift that don't add up. While it was the scene of undoubted bravery, it was also the scene of some astonishing cases of cowardice, and there is increasing evidence to suggest that the legend of Rorke's Drift was created to divert attention from the appalling British mistakes which caused the earlier defeat at Isandlwana.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780304366415
(159mm x 199mm x 39mm)
Imprint: Cassell Military
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adrian Greaves
Isandlwana, Paperback (January 2014)
The story of the mighty imperial British army's defeat at Iswandlwana in 1879 has been much written about but never with the detail and insight revealed by Dr Adrian Greaves' research. In re-constructing the dramatic and fateful events, the author draws on recently discovered letters, diaries and papers of survivors.
Tribe That Washed its Spears, Hardback (May 2013)
Long awaited account of the history of the Zulu nation with much new material. An original addition to this popular subject area. Told from the Zulu perspective as opposed to the usual Imperial approach. The author is a leading authority on the Zulu War.
Forgotten Battles of the Zulu War, Hardback (January 2012)» View all books by Adrian Greaves
Adrian Greaves uses his exceptional knowledge of the Anglo-Zulu War to look beyond the two best known battles of Isandlwana and the iconic action at Rorkes Drift to other fiercely fought battles.
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Author Biography - Adrian Greaves
Having spent many years as a police superintendent, Dr Adrian Greaves now devotes all his time to the study of the Anglo-Zulu Wars. He is the founder/editor of the Journal of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society, and gives regular battlefield tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.
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