A Handful of Heroes, Rorke's Drift: Facts, Myths and Legends by Katie Stossel

By Katie Stossel

Thanks to newly came across letters and files, A Handful of Heroes updates the historical past of the Defence of Rorke's waft, with a purpose to without end be some of the most celebrated British feats of palms.

Remarkably after such lengthy ancient scrutiny, the author's examine proves that there's but extra to find approximately this recognized incident of the Zulu struggle 1879 and her fantastically researched booklet unearths a few myths that experience distorted what occurred through the gallant defence of the small project 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 support to give an explanation for the profitable defence opposed to doubtless overwhelming odds

This interesting and hugely readable account is going directly to research intimately the recognized Chard record which has lengthy been depended on by means of historians and authors. Doubts become to its accuracy and facts is equipped which means the Report's writer was once coerced by means of a senior officer to be able to defend the latter's attractiveness. Likewise the letters of August Hammar, a tender Swedish customer to the project, positioned Reverend Otto Witt's fake account into perspective.

These and different revelations make A Handful of Heroes a clean and demanding addition to the bibliography of this mythical Zulu struggle engagement.

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