Dead Was Everything

Studies in the Anglo-Zulu War

Keith Smith

Date Published :
August 2014
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Illustration :
16 pages of plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848327313
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 still intrigues both scholars and enthusiasts alike more than 130 years after it was fought. Its story contains tragedy, high drama and the heavy loss of human life; it involved five major battles and two lesser fights; and led to the snuffing out of the direct male Napoleonic line of France. And all this in less than one year.

Reflecting on several years’ research, Keith Smith presents a series of essays which explore hitherto unanswered questions and offer fresh insights into the key battles and protagonists of this epic conflict. He presents some surprising conclusions which differ, often radically, from more orthodox views.

He also sets out to reveal the characters of the men – of both sides – who might otherwise have been simply names on a page. They are not: they lived, loved, fought and died. Some were heroes while others were less than that. Most were ordinary men who chose a military career and did their best as far as they were able. White or black, British or colonial, they are all brought to life and their unique stories told. This is an important contribution to our understanding of this famous war and the men who fought in it.

About The Author

Keith Smith is a retired computer consultant with a long-standing interest in South African military history. He has published several books on the subject, including Harry Smith’s Last Throw, also published by Frontline Books.


"Smith, a retired computer consultant and author of two books on the Cape Frontier Wars, examines questions related to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 in Zululand. He omits descriptions of most of the battles, focusing instead on the battle at Isandlwana, as well as those involved in the defense of Rorke's Drift, the withdrawal from Eshowe by the Second Regiment of the Natal Native Contingent led by Major Shapland Graves, the route of the Second Invasion, and the events following the withdrawal of the Second Regiment from Eshowe to the Thukela River."

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