Rorke's Drift 1879

'Pinned like rats in a hole'

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Rorke's Drift 1879

'Pinned like rats in a hole'

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Rorke'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.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Battle/Opposing Plans/Opposing Armies/Opposing Commanders/The Battle of Rorke's Drift/Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Chronology/Wargaming Rorke's Drift/A Guide to Further Reading

Product details

Published Jan 26 1996
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781855325067
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 75 b/w; 14 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 41
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ian Knight

Ian Knight is widely acknowledged as a leading aut…


Alan Perry


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