By Katie Stossel
Remarkably after such lengthy ancient scrutiny, the author's learn proves that there's but extra to find approximately this well-known incident of the Zulu warfare 1879 and her beautifully researched booklet unearths a couple of myths that experience distorted what occurred in the course of the gallant defence of the small undertaking Station. for instance, it transpires that the remoted outpost used to be already organized for an assault by means of specialists in box defence. whereas this on no account denigrates the heroic efforts of the seriously out-numbered defenders, it does aid to give an explanation for the profitable defence opposed to probably overwhelming odds
This interesting and hugely readable account is going directly to study intimately the recognized Chard document which has lengthy been depended on by way of historians and authors. Doubts turn out to be to its accuracy and facts is equipped which means the Report's writer used to be coerced by means of a senior officer as a way to shield the latter's popularity. Likewise the letters of August Hammar, a tender Swedish customer to the challenge, placed Reverend Otto Witt's fake account into perspective.
These and different revelations make A Handful of Heroes a clean and significant addition to the bibliography of this mythical Zulu conflict engagement.
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A Handful of Heroes, Rorke's Drift: Facts, Myths and Legends by Katie Stossel