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Major Ashe & Capt. Wyatt Edgell

The Story of the Zulu Campaign

Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1880

Edition: First

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This seldom-available book provides unique insight into the daily life of the British cavalryman during the 1879 Anglo Zulu War. This infamous war included the epic battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift that were captured in the film: Zulu Dawn and Zulu respectively.

  Major Ashe (Late King¿s Dragoon Guards), Author of "The Military Institutions of France", etc. and Captain The Hon. E. V. Wyatt Edgell (17th Lancers, Killed at Ulundi). Dedicated by special permission to her Imperial Majesty The Empress Eugénie.

'The Story of the Zulu Campaign by Major Ashe and Capt. the Hon. E.V. Wyatt-Edgell is the cavalryman's history of the Anglo-Zulu War. In informed detail, not to be found elsewhere, it describes the duties and activities of the irregular horse and cavalry during the Zulu campaign. The book also deals, from the professional soldier's viewpoint, with the more mundane but necessary activities of an army on campaign such as patrolling, bringing up supplies, and building forts and depots. This perspective more accurately reflects the daily concerns of the British in Zululand than those narratives which concentrate on the spectacular but infrequent set battle-pieces. This is what gives the book its especial significance, and places it apart from other contemporary accounts of the campaign.' Professor John Laband in his introduction to the facsimile reprint edition published in 1989 (N & S Press).

Hardcover: publishers cloth; expertly backed. The original back-strip retained, XIV, 408 pp; publishers advert; large folding map as frontispiece - one small tear professionally repaired.

Contents clear and unmarked, apart from occasional spot of foxing; binding firm. A near fine copy.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Near fine
  • Size: 215mm x 140 mm x 39mm

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