on 17 April 2012
This book was far better than I expected and one of the best books I've read on the Zulu Wars. The tale of these forgotten battles of the Zulu war is captivating and very detailed. The book is a must buy for the understanding of the zulu war, which is much more than Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. The only criticism to make of this excellent work is the absence of maps of the battles, the descriptions are highly detailed but would benefit a lot with a few maps.
on 11 May 2014
This book is to be welcomed, as it covers aspects of the Anglo-Zulu War not described elsewhere. The maps are better than those in the Isandlwana book, but could still be better. Only one map per battle is provided, whereas more would be better to track the progress of each action. The book includes accounts of two battles which were not part of the Zulu war, ie. the Battles of Tsate and Bronkhorstspruit. I suppose they were included because they followed so closely after the Zulu war. Having made this decision, why are they treated differently, in that no maps are provided? My major gripe is that it is stated on the dustwrapper (and duplicated on the Amazon description) that the death of the Prince Regent is examined in detail. It is not. There is one paragraph about the incident in the chapter on Ulundi, and an appendix providing details of his family tree. This is a pity, as, although the incident was not a battle, it is one of the most interesting aspects of the war.