Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana
22nd January 1879: Minute by Minute
Imprint: Greenhill Books
224 Pages, 6 x 9.25 in, 16 pages of color plates
- January 2021
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
- June 2022
- In Stock
Later the same day, a Zulu force of around 3,000 warriors turned their attention to a small outpost at Rorke’s Drift defended by around 150 British and Imperial troops. The British victory that ensued – against remarkable odds – would go down as one of the most heroic actions of all time.
In this thrilling blow-by-blow account, Chris Peers draws on firsthand testimonies from both sides to piece together the course of the battles as they unfolded. Along the way, he exposes many of the Victorian myths to reveal great acts of bravery as well as cases of cowardice and incompetence. A brief analysis of the aftermath of the battle and notes on the later careers of the key participants completes this gripping exposé of this legendary encounter.
"Chris Peers provides a superb chronological account of the disastrous British defeat at Isandlwana and the heroic defense of Rorke's Drift...contains perfectly placed maps and photographs of the terrain and buildings just when the reader needs them the most." ~Military History Online
"By breaking down the events into a chronological minute-by-minute ordering interspersed with analysis of the situation as it develops, the book achieves a tremendous level of pacing and tension. At times there is a page turning quality to the book more akin to the reading experience one enjoys with a good thriller. This is unique in a historical account, and adds quite a bit of entertainment value to the educational experience." ~Globe at War
“This detailed account of 1879 Battle of Isandlwana and the British army’s stand at Rorke’s Drift analyzes testimonies from both sides to piece together the battles, exposing Victorian era myths and cases of cowardice and incompetence. The book also details the later careers of key participants.” ~Military History Magazine
"...the author has drawn on first-hand testimonies from both sides to pen reconstructions of how the battles unfolded and links between them. He also debunks some Victorian myths as he uncovers examples of confusion, incompetence and courage." ~Toy Soldier Collector & Historical Figures
"Anyone wanting to add an excellent reference and history book on the battles between the British and Zulu forces at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, on January 22, 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War to their personal library will be pleased with this informative and interesting book." ~Armorama