British Fortifications in Zululand 1879

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British Fortifications in Zululand 1879

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On 11 January 1879 the British Empire went to war with the independent kingdom of Zululand. The British anticipated a swift and decisive victory, placing great faith in modern firepower; no plans were made for suppressing the Zulu over a protracted period, or for providing defensive positions from which to occupy Zulu territory. However, the losses suffered at Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift quickly altered the British approach; throughout the rest of the war, the British fortified almost every position they occupied in Zululand, from permanent column depots to temporary halts. This title explores British defensive techniques employed during the war, and how these related to contemporary engineering theory. Among the sites covered are Eshowe Mission Station, forts Pearson and Tenedos, and Rorke's Drift.

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Published 10 Sep 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841768298
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 44 b/w; 14 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Fortress
Short code FOR 35
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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