Book review: Zulu War VCs

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08 August 2019
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The Zulu War only lasted a scant six months in 1879 however in that time some 23 men had performed such valorous actions as to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Author: James W Bancroft

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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The Zulu War only lasted a scant six months in 1879 however in that time some 23 men had performed such valorous actions as to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The Zulus were ferocious warriors and any British soldier would have expected little mercy had he not won any battle he was involved in.

Some 11 of the awards were, of course, handed out for the glorious victory at Rorke’s Drift, a story that is still famous today, thanks to the film Zulu.

Here then are the personal histories of the people who won those medals, as well as cursory details on the actions that they were awarded for.

 

• Frontline Books

 

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• ISBN 978-1-5267-2264-5

 

• 190 pages • Hardback • £25

 

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019

 

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