- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orion (11 July 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304359602
- ISBN-13: 978-0304359608
- Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 16.4 x 4.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rorke's Drift Hardcover – 11 Jul 2002
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The DAILY MAIL ran an extract from RORKE'S DRIFT by Adrian Greaves on Saturday 22nd June. Adrian Greaves will be interviewed on BBC RADIO WALES's 'Good Morning Wales' (their equivalent of the Today programme) on Thursday 11th July. '...this account of the legendary battle of Rorke's Drift is highly recommen
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It is extremely readable, very thourough, and I will never look at Acting Commissioner Dalton in the film "Zulu" in the same way again. Full of remarkable nuggets.
The book is set in two parts, the first half (202 pages) offers the reader a narrative of the events leading up to the British invasion, the battle at Isandlwana, the final battle at Rorke's Drift, and then the events leading to the end of the campaign. The second half of the book (over 240 pages) is taken up with numerous chapters and appendices dealing with a host of material in relation to the people involved and the battle itself.
Subjects covered include the medical treatment of the wounded, personalities involved, an examination of the Roll of Rorke's Drift, medal citations, history of the 24th Regiment, archaeological investigations at the battlefield, and a visitor's guide to Rorke's Drift. Seven appendices that provide a host of other information follow these chapters. This part of the book is a researchers gold mine and offers the amateur historian a wealth of information on the battle.
Overall it's a very interesting book to read and very well presented. The narrative was easy to follow and I enjoyed the accounts of the fighting at Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. However, although I was amazed at the amount of information offered and I appreciate the research that has gone into this book, I wanted more of the narrative to be concentrated on the actual battle at Rorke's Drift.Read more ›
The first misconception that Adrian Greaves tackles is the one about where the 24th Foot was garrisoned: not in Wales. The Regiment moved to Wales after the Zulu War, but it definitely wasn't a Welsh regiment in 1879, so that bit about raising the troops' spirits by singing "Men of Harlech" made for great cinema, but dodgy history.
Greaves shows how Rorke's Drift should never have been the scene of a battle. Not only had Cetshwayo, the Zulu King, done nothing to provoke the war (or the British government in London anything, either, in fact), but Cetshwayo had forbidden his generals to launch incursions outside Zululand. Rorke's Drift was in Natal, only just inside Natal, but crucially out of bounds, according to Cetshwayo's orders.
No description of a battle can ever re-discover every detail of the action. The death, the injury, the smoke, the fear and the noise all conspire to prevent a genuinely complete account of a battle from ever emerging. I think this author has done as good a job as is humanly imaginable with Rorke's Drift, allowing for the fact that contemporary historians didn't try all that hard to get eye-witness accounts from Zulu survivors. Despite the Zulus' losses at Rorke's Drift, most of the Zulus present left the place unscathed, but that doesn't mean they escaped the bloodbaths later in the war.Read more ›
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A+ speedy delivery. Very good African history. Just as described. Very pleased. Thank you.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Linda Phibbs
The book's called Rorke's Drift and it's 446 pages long, so how much of that would you expect to be devoted to a description of the iconic battle that took place there on January... Read morePublished on 23 May 2010 by Greywolf