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Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana: Great Battles by [Beckett, Ian F. W.]
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A thorough, authoritative and perceptive account. (Lawrence James, The Times)

Professor Beckett's concise account of these twin actions is a model of readable military history. (Allan Mallinson, The Spectator)

[A] meticulously researched book. (Jules Stewart, Military History Matters)

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The battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War, witnessed the worst single day's loss of British troops between the battle of Waterloo in 1815 and the opening campaigns of the First World War in August 1914. Moreover, decisive defeat at the hands of the Zulu came as an immense shock to a Victorian public that had become used to easy victories over less technologically advanced indigenous foes in an expanding empire.

The successful defence of Rorke's Drift, which immediately followed the encounter at Isandlwana (and for which 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded), averted military disaster and went some way to restore wounded British pride, but the sobering memory of defeat at Isandlwana lingered for many years, while the legendary tale of the defence of Rorke's Drift was re-awakened for a new generation in the epic 1964 film Zulu, starring Michael Caine.

In this new volume in the Great Battles series, Ian F. W. Beckett tells the story of both battles, investigating not only their immediate military significance but also providing the first overarching account of their continuing cultural impact and legacy in the years since 1879, not just in Britain but also from the once largely inaccessible and overlooked Zulu perspective.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4074 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0198794126
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (3 January 2019)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07L5RBDP4
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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