Rorke's Drift, 1879 : Pinned Like Rats in a Hole Paperback
by Ian Knight
Part of the Osprey Military Campaign S. series
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 Knight recounts the course of this famous conflict in which no less than 11 Victoria crosses were won.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 26/01/1996
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9781855325067
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Review by DinadansFriend
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.