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Rorke's Drift 1879: 'Pinned Like Rats in a…

Rorke's Drift 1879: 'Pinned Like Rats in a Hole'

by Ian Knight

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Rorke's Drift sums up some of the best traditions of the British self-image: steadfastness against the odds, victory in adversity and the thin red line. The British stand deserves to go down in history as one of the most heroic actions of all time. The story of a mere 150 British and Imperial soldiers defending an isolated outpost against over 3,000 Zulu warriors summed up the experience of the colonial adventure for the Victorians and remains part of our heritage even today. Ian Knightrecounts the course of this famous conflict in which no less than 11 Victoria crosses were won.… (more)



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As with all Osprey books what you get is fact with some interpretation. The time frame is set, battle site described, the sides compared and the events outlined with a discussion of the aftermath. A useful chronology appears at the back of the book and it is filled with illustration. A good, solid run down of facts. I would recommend to anytime who was interested in a quick read to understand the basics of the confrontation and strategies involved. ( )
  KatiaMDavis | Dec 19, 2017 |
This is #41 in Osprey's Campaign Series. The background is adequate, there are half-a-dozen maps and schematics, and there are a lot of photographs. The reader also gets a short account of the battle of Isandlwhana, and a chronology of the battle with hints for the wargamer. I'd call it a good book, within its design. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 17, 2014 |
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