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Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby Mark » 08 Apr 2016 09:27

The Zulu War is a little like Waterloo, that is to say it is heavily studied and has been the subject of a substantial amount of books and other works. This, of course, has resulted in a mix of good and bad. What would you recommend as particularly good works on the subject?

For myself, I would suggest pretty much anything by Ian Knight and our own Mike Snook.

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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby nthornton1979 » 08 Apr 2016 17:58

As well as the two previously mentioned I enjoy John Laband's work and Julian Whybra's studies.

However, there are quite a few to steer well clear of too.


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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby RobD » 08 Apr 2016 18:50

I think the best place to start is at the beginning:

Official Narrative of the Field Operations Connected with the Zulu War of 1879 Prepared in the Intelligence Branch of the War Office (1881; facsimile published by Greenhill Books 1989) ISBN 10: 1853670413 ISBN 13: 9781853670411

1st edition hardcover copies available from http://www.abebooks.co.uk/ for under £10.

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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby Mark » 08 Apr 2016 21:22

RobD wrote:I think the best place to start is at the beginning:

Official Narrative of the Field Operations Connected with the Zulu War of 1879 Prepared in the Intelligence Branch of the War Office (1881; facsimile published by Greenhill Books 1989) ISBN 10: 1853670413 ISBN 13: 9781853670411

1st edition hardcover copies available from http://www.abebooks.co.uk/ for under £10.

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A recent reprint of this book is also available from Naval and Military Press.

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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby Josh&Historyland » 08 Apr 2016 22:29

Knight and Snook rule the roost as it stands for me.
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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby Poltroon » 08 Sep 2016 07:47

New release due early next year on Sir Garnet Wolseley's time in South Africa by the author of the excellent 'A Tidy Little War: The British Invasion of Egypt 1882'.

https://www.amazon.com/British-Lion-Zululand-Garnet-Wolseley/dp/1445665484/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473316544&sr=1-1&keywords=a+british+lion+in+zululand

Looks to be a well researched and in-depth account and I believe the author is a member of this forum.
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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby grumpy » 09 Sep 2016 23:13

I studied at the feet of FWD Jackson and was a colleague and co-author with Ian. Lovely men both.

As i grew more mature/older, I came to realise that the Zulu Wars and Isandhlwana and Rorkes Drift were very very small fry in the scheme of British Military History.

So what to study? Wellington's campaigns, which led to Napoleonic wargaming.

Still not enough to chew on.

In about 1972 I discovered The Great War, in the shape of Dr Dunn's "The War the Infantry Knew". And never looked back, except with affection for 1879 and the Peninsula campaigns.

Whereas the Great War has infinite facets, mysteries, controversies to explore, previous campaigns and battles leave me with the impression of posterity knowing more and more about less and less until finally it knows everything about nothing.

This is not meant to cause outrage and banishment, but a comment on scale and subject saturation.

Discuss.
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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby Josh&Historyland » 11 Sep 2016 00:41

Every subject has its limits, even the Great War.
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Re: Zulu War Books | Your Recommendations

Postby medalcollector » 26 Jan 2017 21:30

Forgotten Heroes Zulu & Basuto Wars
including complete Medal Roll 1877-8-9
A work of reference, with details of the Colonial and Imperial forces engaged in the Zulu and Basuto Wars between 1877 to 1879.
Over 36,600 men are listed with medal entitlement, causality lists and troop deployments together with numerous biographical details.
also includes first hand accounts of the many campaigns, with illustrated maps.
An invaluable guide for both medal collectors and historians. These men at great personal sacrifice helped to build an Empire, on which the sun would never set.
Hardcover: 470 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9556554-4-9
Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm

http://www.roydutton.co.uk/my-books/for ... suto-wars/
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