Rorke's Drift: A New Perspective

Rorke's Drift: A New Perspective

by Neil Thornton




The battle of Rorke’s Drift is established in history as one of Britain’s most incredible actions where approximately 155 defenders held off a Zulu force of over 4,000 warriors, in a savage, bloody conflict with no quarter given by either side. The battle led to a display of incredible fortitude, courage and tenacity resulting in mutual respect between British red coat and Zulu warrior. Using a vast array of primary accounts, including lesser known, and previously unpublished examples, the author describes the battle in vivid detail. The actions of each of the 11 Victoria Cross recipients are looked at in detail, together with those men who were awarded the DCM. Illustrated with previously unpublished artwork, ‘Rorke’s Drift—A New Perspective’ is a gripping account, which questions what is commonly believed to be the true interpretation of the hospital fighting. A truly compelling read, packed with numerous footnotes and sources, appealing to both the casual reader and the serious historian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781555538
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 12/16/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 300,690
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Through his research, Neil Thornton has contributed to various military publications. He has written articles on a diverse range of British military history and holds workshops for schools, historical groups and the Armed Forces. Neil also involves himself in a variety of military projects. He was born in 1979 and lives in Runcorn, Cheshire with his wife and daughter. He works in the chemical industry.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 11

A Note on the Hospital Diagrams 14

Introduction 15

1 Setting the Scene 19

2 You Will All Be Murdered! 31

3 Fix Bayonets! 47

4 The Defence of the Hospital 56

5 The Storehouse Compound 67

6 Salvation 82

7 Gallantry Recipients 95

8 Hospital Analysis 140

9 Defender Accounts 150

Appendix I Proposed Evacuation 167

Appendix II Allen and Hitch 170

Appendix III Harry Lugg 172

Appendix IV 'The End of the Battle'-Frank Allewell 174

Endnotes 176

Bibliography 188

Index 191

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