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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recounting of the Rorke's Drift battle
This is the fourth account of the battle that I have read. It covers exactly what occurred with timelines that help understand how the battle unfolded. It gives a feeling of "being there" by using survivors' accounts interspersed in the narrative. You can almost imagine the fear the defenders must have experienced when the accounts describe how the mass of Zulus...
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I have been studying the Zulu war since my school days have read many books on the subject and have spent time in South Africa walking the battle field of Isandlawana and Rourkes Drift. Although I found this book interesting it did contain a serious inacuracy in that the author states that the Impi that attacked Rourkes Drift had obtained rifles from the battle at...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recounting of the Rorke's Drift battle, 5 Mar 2013
This is the fourth account of the battle that I have read. It covers exactly what occurred with timelines that help understand how the battle unfolded. It gives a feeling of "being there" by using survivors' accounts interspersed in the narrative. You can almost imagine the fear the defenders must have experienced when the accounts describe how the mass of Zulus approached in total silence. A thoroughly detailed and enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macs review., 10 Aug 2013
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This is a very well written and researched book. I would recommend it to any history student. The film Zulu is also a good back up as the individual events in the book come vividly to mind. Should be listed reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historically up to date, 13 May 2013
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Historically good, with a realistic overview of all the motives for the overall Zulu War of 1879. Many had said it was an unnecessary war, but the annexation of the Transvaal changed all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Background to the Battle, 12 Aug 2013
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Yet another close run thing. The bravery of the soldiers was well told and the decisions of the junior officers left to fight the battle explained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Victorian Read, 9 Mar 2013
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A typical Victorian description of the battle from those who were involved - very gung ho - but not to take anything away from the undoubted bravery of all involved including the Zulus. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read, 6 Oct 2013
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I have been studying the Zulu war since my school days have read many books on the subject and have spent time in South Africa walking the battle field of Isandlawana and Rourkes Drift. Although I found this book interesting it did contain a serious inacuracy in that the author states that the Impi that attacked Rourkes Drift had obtained rifles from the battle at Isandlawana, in fact they had been held in reserve and did not part in that battle. Otherwise its a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The other facts!, 8 Sep 2013
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Having visited the sites of the battle and had the story recounted on site the detail and conclusions both politically and militarily are extremely interesting and give great insight into the follies and heroic deeds of hand to hand warfare. The popular misconception that the soldiers were mainly Welsh is laid to rest by the inclusion of all the other regimental names given.
A most interesting piece of literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting and exciting account, 20 Aug 2013
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for those who are interested in popular military history this is a hihly entertaining book. The book not only gives a vrsphic account of the battle but also how it came about. I also enjoyed finding out what happened to the major players after the battle was over.
An informative book about very brave men, on both sides, and highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good consise read, 20 Aug 2013
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I liked the book as it covered the battle and characters involved at a level to give an understanding but not to getting boring with too much detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rorke's Drift, 12 Aug 2013
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Excellent coverage based on a true historical battle with a good background of other works which made the event understandable,
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