Rorke's Drift

A New Perspective

Neil Thornton

A compelling, fresh account of the battle of Rorke's Drift, featuring an array of previously unpublished material including defender accounts and artwork.
Date Published :
December 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
49 illustrations, 21 in color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555538
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The battle of Rorke’s Drift is established in history as one of Britain’s most incredible actions where approximately 155 defenders held off a Zulu force of over 4,000 warriors, in a savage, bloody conflict with no quarter given by either side. The battle led to a display of incredible fortitude, courage and tenacity resulting in mutual respect between British red coat and Zulu warrior. Using a vast array of primary accounts, including lesser known, and previously unpublished examples, the author describes the battle in vivid detail. The actions of each of the 11 Victoria Cross recipients are looked at in detail, together with those men who were awarded the DCM. Illustrated with previously unpublished artwork, ‘Rorke’s Drift—A New Perspective’ is a gripping account, which questions what is commonly believed to be the true interpretation of the hospital fighting. A truly compelling read, packed with numerous footnotes and sources, appealing to both the casual reader and the serious historian.

About The Author

Through his research, Neil Thornton has contributed to various military publications. He has written articles on a diverse range of British military history and holds workshops for schools, historical groups and the Armed Forces. Neil also involves himself in a variety of military projects. He was born in 1979 and lives in Runcorn, Cheshire with his wife and daughter. He works in the chemical industry.


“This book is highly recommended for its reliance on documentation and first-hand accounts, for the author’s captivating writing style, and for the excellent illustrations that help the reader to better picture the fighting in and around the compound.”


“Thornton’s vivid narrative is complemented by illustrations, including some said to be previously unpublished. This hardcover book should hold appeal to anyone from casual readers to serious historians or collectors interested in recreating the valiant defense of Rorke’s Drift in miniature.”

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