Brenthurst Series 10-General Editor, Eric Axelson.
Zululand at War 1879-The Conduct of the Anglo-Zulu War- For over a hundred years the Anglo-Zulu War has remained a source of great interest and controversy. On 22nd January 1879 Queen Victoria's proud redcoats were soundly defeated by King Cetshwayo's well-trained and courageous Zulu soldiers at Isandlawana. Some hours later the tide was partly turned with the heroic British defence by the tiny garrison of Rorke's Drift. However, British prestige and honour was again shattered when the young Prince Imperial of France, Louis Napoleon, was killed whilst out on a mapping expedition in Zululand. Lord Chelmsford, commander of the British forces in southern Africa, was superseded by the ambitious general Sir Garnet Wolseley, but not before Chelmsford had led his men to victory at Ulundi. It was left to Wolseley to capture Cetshwayo and to end hostilities.
Inadequacies of the British army had been revealed in the Crimean War and reforms had supposedly been introduced to remedy the defects, but the Anglo-Zulu War showed clearly that many short-comings still remained, especially in the sphere of transport and supply. The letters in this volume, all previously unpublished, reveal this struggle for change and the opposing conservative and reforming elements within the army.Written mostly by officers serving in Zululand, the texts are freely expressed, without fear of censorship...
Hardcover with dustcover(chip).Illustrated endpapers-Frontispiece-/ Preface and Introduction- 299 pages text with 69 further plates and four maps. Very clean copy.
- Jacket Condition: Very Good + chips
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 26 X 27cm
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