Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana

Brutal Valour The Tragedy of Isandlwana It is December and war looms on the horizon in South Africa British High Commissioner Sir Henry Bartle Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighbouring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursi

  • Title: Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana
  • Author: James Mace Ian Knight
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  • Page: 400
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa British High Commissioner Sir Henry Bartle Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighbouring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive repaIt is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa British High Commissioner Sir Henry Bartle Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighbouring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations With a heavy heart, the king prepares his nation for war against their former allies Leading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger, Baron Chelmsford, a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighbouring Xhosa tribes He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is, in essence, an illegal war Recently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited Privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe members of C Company, 1 24th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband Eager for adventure, they are prepared to do their duty both for the Empire and for their friends As Frere s ultimatum expires, the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke s Drift into Zululand Ten days later, the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana.

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    1. I just finished the Kindle Edition and have to say I enjoyed the book immensely. The Zulu War has been an interest of mine since the movies Zulu and Zulu Dawn came out many moons ago. I've read The Washing of the Spears by Morris twice and Ian Knight's work with Ian Castle more than once because I war-game the period. I'm about to delve into Knight's epic Zulu Rising. Mace gives credit at the end of the book to those who helped him with research including Knight.I mention all that because it's c [...]

    2. The most interiesting books l have read in years I have been interested in the Zulu wars since seeing the Zulu and Zulu rising films years ago this book shows you never rely films to depict the order all truth the author has done a fantastic book it was heard stop reading I recommend Keighley

    3. Brutal Valour by James Mace follows several young soldiers from the 24th Regiment of Foot as their company undertakes an unsanctioned, illegal invasion into Zulu territory under the auspices of Sir Henry Bartle Frere. This is a hefty book, coming in around 500 pages, and is full of rich, well-researched detail. Though a novel of fiction, the events described in Brutal Valour did happen. This isn't a war I was familiar with, and I found it quite fascinating (as well as irritating. Reading stuff f [...]

    4. I love well researched and well written historical fiction and this book is exactly that. How much of the personality, behavior and opinions of the characters is true to history I don't know. What I do know is, that each character was written in a truly believable manner that was engaging and kept me on the edge of my earbuds wanting to know how their role, in this part of history, would unfold. The story was written with glimpses into the actions and beliefs/ motivations of many characters. The [...]

    5. Just finished reading Brutal Valour: the tragedy of Isanslwana and will shortly start reading Crucible of Honour which is the next battle at Rorke's Drift. Like the author in writing the books, I too was inspired to read them after just watching again the films Zulu Dawn and Zulu. The way these books are written as novels, is so fantastic. Not only full of historical facts one after the other, but with the lives of the characters knitted into that history and very much involved. The writing is s [...]

    6. Excellent rendition I'm very glad that the historical records are being restored regarding colonialism in Africa. I am equally glad to see the valor of soldiers and warriors portrayed so positively. A cautionary tale of the frequently calamitous intersection of motive and opportunity.

    7. OutstandingI am a history enthusiast and especially enjoy reading about conflict and foreign intervention through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. This book was extremely well written as the time put into study and research of the Anglo Zulu conflict pays off for the reader. Mr. Mace you wrote a gem. Thank you!

    8. An outstanding read. I've always been curious about the Anglo-Zulu war. I really enjoy the details and thorough explanation of the events, both triumphs and blunders. Very well written with a lot of great explanation. Have already preordered the next volume on Roarks Drift.

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