Rorke's Drift

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Pub. Date: 2022-03-01
Publisher(s): Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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The battle of Rorke's Drift is one of the most celebrated episodes in the history of the British Army. Licutenant Chard, the junior officer in charge of the garrison, had only one hour to prepare before the bloodthirsty Zulu army bore down upon him. Outnumbered by more than 45-1, Chard and his men were about to endure the most terrifying night of their lives. The epic battle they fought, standing firm against wave after wave of attack, won a record eleven VCs, and has become a byword for bravery ever since. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Having spent many years as a police superintendent, Dr Adrian Greaves now devotes all his time to the study of the Anglo-Zulu Wars. He is the founder/editor of the Journal of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society, and gives regular battlefield tours of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsp. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 9
Chronologyp. 11
Introductionp. 17
The Invaders of Zululandp. 43
The Zulusp. 54
Springboard to Warp. 69
Isandlwana, 22 January 1879p. 83
Rorke's Drift; The Preludep. 98
The Battle of Rorke's Driftp. 112
The Aftermath of Battlep. 130
Helpmekaarp. 161
Explanationsp. 174
Pulling the Strings--Awards and Campaign medalsp. 184
War's Endp. 196
Medical Treatment of the Woundedp. 205
Personalities and Defenders at Rorke's Driftp. 215
An Examination of the Rolls of Rorke's Drift Defendersp. 297
The Rorke's Drift Medal Citationsp. 309
Origins and History of the 24th Regimentp. 324
Archaeological Investigations at the Battlefieldp. 334
A Visitor's Guide to Rorke's Driftp. 346
The Two Chard Reportsp. 353
The Bromhead Report and Lettersp. 382
Colonel Glyn's Reportp. 389
Surgeon Reynolds's Reportp. 399
The Bourne Reportp. 405
Assessment of Martini-Henry Rifle use by the Zulus at Rorke's Driftp. 411
Application from the Swedish Government for Protection of its Mission Stationp. 416
Bibliographyp. 418
Notesp. 421
Indexp. 438
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