Zulu War: Rorke's Drift...

pablo668

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Apr 2010
2,201
Perth, Western Australia. or....hickville.
Just finished reading a book on this action.

Rorkes Drift by Adrian Greaves.

Seems a good account.

In this account he states that Chard and Bromhead while slow on the uptake helped Dalton prepare the defence and performed quite well in the end.
It was remarked upon that such an event and the glowing praise afterwards should be bestowed on two very ordinary and otherwise forgettable Men/Officers.

CS Bourne was young but had been in the army since he was very young and was referred to by the troops as 'The Lad'.
Hook was actually a model soldier.
Commissary Dalton did have quite a bit of experience in and around the military, we wasn't just a civilian.
 

Kevinmeath

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May 2011
14,030
Navan, Ireland
Just finished reading a book on this action.

Rorkes Drift by Adrian Greaves.

Seems a good account.

In this account he states that Chard and Bromhead while slow on the uptake helped Dalton prepare the defence and performed quite well in the end.
It was remarked upon that such an event and the glowing praise afterwards should be bestowed on two very ordinary and otherwise forgettable Men/Officers.

CS Bourne was young but had been in the army since he was very young and was referred to by the troops as 'The Lad'.
Hook was actually a model soldier.
Commissary Dalton did have quite a bit of experience in and around the military, we wasn't just a civilian.

I found that one of the best books on the subject with a great deal of detail, his book on Isandlwana is OK.

I found the reverse with Mike Snooks books his Isandlwana I found very good and his Rorkes Drifet book good but nothing new.

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SPERRO

Ad Honorem
Mar 2011
3,480
North East England
Just finished reading a book on this action.

Rorkes Drift by Adrian Greaves.

Seems a good account.

In this account he states that Chard and Bromhead while slow on the uptake helped Dalton prepare the defence and performed quite well in the end.
It was remarked upon that such an event and the glowing praise afterwards should be bestowed on two very ordinary and otherwise forgettable Men/Officers.

CS Bourne was young but had been in the army since he was very young and was referred to by the troops as 'The Lad'.
Hook was actually a model soldier.
Commissary Dalton did have quite a bit of experience in and around the military, we wasn't just a civilian.
CS Bourne, went on to serve in WW1 and he died in 1941.
 

SPERRO

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Mar 2011
3,480
North East England
I have Ians recent book "ZULU RISING", which has become a bit of an Xmas shelf queen, but I'll get round to reading it eventually:)
 

Kevinmeath

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May 2011
14,030
Navan, Ireland
Yes kevin ,thankyou I was aware of that.:) I had Ian knights excellent book on the battle and its characters some years ago.
Just saying, Knight is good but I did find Greaves book to be very useful, he has a small biography of each (those that can be traced) of the defenders and the summary of the medical reports interesting.

For Christmas I was bought

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