How Can Man Die Better

The Secrets of Isandlwana Revealed

Mike Snook

Wednesday 22 January 1879 was one of the most dramatic days in the long and distinguished history of the British Army. At noon a massive Zulu host attacked the 24th Regiment in its encampment at the foot of the mountain of Isandlwana, a distinctive feature that bore an eerie resemblance to the Sphinx badge of the outnumbered redcoats. This is a uni
Date Published :
March 2011
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 pages of illustrations, 7 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781848325814
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Wednesday 22 January 1879 was one of the most dramatic days in the long and distinguished history of the British Army. At noon a massive Zulu host attacked the 24th Regiment in its encampment at the foot of the mountain of Isandlwana, a distinctive feature that bore an eerie resemblance to the Sphinx badge of the outnumbered redcoats. Disaster ensued. Later that afternoon the victorious Zulus would strike the tiny British garrison at Rorke’s Drift.

How Can Man Die Better is a unique analysis of Isandlwana – of the weapons, tactics, ground, and the intriguing characters who made the key military decisions. Because the fatal loss was so high on the British side there is still much that is unknown about the battle. This is a work of unparalleled depth, which eschews the commonly held perception that the British collapse was sudden and that the 24th Regiment was quickly overwhelmed. Rather, there was a protracted and heroic defense against a determined and equally heroic foe.

The author reconstructs the final phase of the battle in a way that has never been attempted before. It was to become the stuff of legend, which brings to life so vividly the fear and smell the blood.

About The Author
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Born in Monmouthshire, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Snook is a lifelong professional soldier.After graduating successively from Leicester University and Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Wales in 1984. Since then he has served all around the world, including active service in regimental and staff appointments in Afghanistan, Bosnia, South Armagh and Belfast. In recent years he has worked as a British military adviser in South Africa and as the Chief Instructor of the Tactical Intelligence Branch at the Defence College of Intelligence.Presently on the HQ staff at the Defence Academy, he is utilizing his spare time to read for a PhD.

REVIEWS
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“Applying his knowledge of military procedures to calculate the rate of ammunition expenditure during each move, the author proves that when the fugitives managed to make their escape, soldiers of the 24th Foot were still doggedly fighting and would continue to do so for some time. What emerges is a story epitomizing the Victorian values of courage, pride and patriotism exhibited by both sides, values which are usually denigrated by many of today’s writers, but which are still valid despite modern fashionable cynicism.”

- Toy Solder & Model Figure

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