|SIZE:||312 x 234 mm|
|INSIDE:||150 black & white illustrations, eight colour plates|
This book is the definitive account of how and why a force of nearly 1,500 British Regular and Colonial troops, experienced in African warfare, armed with modern rifles, well equipped and encamped, came to be annihilated by a tribal force armed largely with spears. It also tells the remarkable story of the successful defence of a tiny outpost held by 100 men against the repeated assaults of some 4,000 warriors.
The basic facts of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift are well known, but here Ian Knight, a leading authority on the Anglo-Zulu war, brings a mass of new details to this readable account of the skirmishes and battles of the most shocking defeat ever inflicted on Queen Victoria's army. Illustrated with 150 photographs, drawings and maps, and with eight pages of superbly detailed colour paintings of British and Zulu fighting men, this book will prove essential reading for all military historians.