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Film Zulu Dawn quote: “Excuse me, my Lord, there's something I must convey to you. I rode along the track down to Rorke's Drift. The sky above is red with fire. Your orders my Lord? Do we move to the drift?”
 
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PostSubject: Best Zulu War Books   Best Zulu War Books EmptyThu Mar 26, 2020 10:34 am

Hallo People
As I/We are confined to barracks
Can You guys please recommend the best books on Zulu War
Yes I was 9 in 1964 when first saw film
I do like good detailed maps
I Thank You All And Good Health.
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PostSubject: Best zulu war books    Best Zulu War Books EmptyThu Mar 26, 2020 12:20 pm

Hi Lunger
It all depends how much you want to get involved , some are well written with little evidence to back up their thoughts , others are crammed with footnotes detailing the Primary source evidence , believe me there are probably 30 or so that are worth reading , but , as I said , it depends how serious you are , anything by Laband , Knight , K. Smith , Sonia Clarke and Whybra ....also many others who have 1 or two books to their name . You will get people recommending books which as I said lack the primary source evidence , they might be a great read , but nothing to back up their statements etc .
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PostSubject: Re: Best Zulu War Books   Best Zulu War Books EmptyThu Mar 26, 2020 12:45 pm

Hi 90th
Im think gonna go for Ian Knight to start with
The only book I have read so far is The Washing Of The Spears
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PostSubject: Best zulu war books    Best Zulu War Books EmptyThu Mar 26, 2020 12:55 pm

Hi Lunger
It was invaluable in its day , was the first book I bought on the subject in 1974 ! , records and archives have been readily available and scrutinized since those days . I think Ian Knight's best book ( On RD and Isandlwana ) would be ' Zulu Rising ' chase down a Hard cover it has the footnotes in the back , the Blue covered paperback doesn't ! .
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PostSubject: Re: Best Zulu War Books   Best Zulu War Books EmptyThu Mar 26, 2020 1:20 pm

Hi 90th
Thanks for advice on hardback format
That's the book for me


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PostSubject: Best zulu war books    Best Zulu War Books EmptyThu Mar 26, 2020 1:25 pm

Hi Lunger
It won't be easy to find .

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PostSubject: Re: Best Zulu War Books   Best Zulu War Books EmptyThu Mar 26, 2020 2:30 pm

Hi 90th
Just ordered a used copy
7 quid on Amazon
It will pass a few hours
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PostSubject: Best zulu war books    Best Zulu War Books EmptyFri Mar 27, 2020 11:08 pm

Good Work Lunger , for some reason I was thinking of a new copy , as you found used one's will be readily available .
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PostSubject: Re: Best Zulu War Books   Best Zulu War Books EmptyMon Nov 23, 2020 8:49 pm

My favourite book on the Zulu War is - The Sun Turned Black by Ian Knight.  This book gives an excellect account of the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.
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PostSubject: Best zulu war books    Best Zulu War Books EmptyTue Nov 24, 2020 2:08 am

Hi Magnus
I believe the best book on Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift is ' Zulu Rising ' by Ian Knight , he also believes it's his best work on those battles .
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PostSubject: Re: Best Zulu War Books   Best Zulu War Books EmptyTue Nov 24, 2020 8:46 am

Thanks 90th, I have this book as well - yes it gives a good accout with a lot more content but I liked his earlier book for the way it was written.  Hard to explain but it gives a feeling being there.  It inspired me to get other books on the subject.  For personal accounts written by those who were there you can't beat The Red Soldier by Frank Emery.  Another excellent book.
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Hi Magnus
Yes there are many decent books on the AZW , and many not as good .
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