A Handful of Heroes, Rorke's Drift
Facts, Myths and Legends
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
224 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 16 pages of black and white plates
- February 2022
- In Stock
- September 2015
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
Remarkably after such prolonged historical scrutiny, the authors research proves that there is yet more to discover about this famous incident of the Zulu War 1879 and her superbly researched book reveals a number of myths that have distorted what happened during the gallant defense of the small Mission Station. For example, it transpires that the isolated outpost was already well prepared for an attack by experts in field defense. While this in no way denigrates the heroic efforts of the heavily out-numbered defenders, it does help to explain the successful defense against seemingly overwhelming odds.
This fascinating and highly readable account goes on to examine in detail the famous Chard Report which has long been relied on by historians and authors. Doubts emerge as to its accuracy and evidence is provided which suggests the Reports author was coerced by a senior officer in order to protect the latters reputation. Likewise the letters of August Hammar, a young Swedish visitor to the Mission, put Reverend Otto Witts false account into perspective.
These and other revelations make A Handful of Heroes a fresh and important addition to the bibliography of this legendary Zulu War engagement.
"If you are interested in a wider look at the story of Rorke's Drift, and finding out more about the Facts, Myths and Legends of this famous event, you will find this an excellent examination to broaden your knowledge." ~Military History Online
"The author does creditable work in this new volume, taking advantage of the new material while expertly weaving it into the existing narrative, creating an interesting and engaging book." ~Military Heritage Magazine