Battle Story by Edmund Yorke
Rorke's Drift

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The small garrison based at Rorke's Drift in South Africa is forever immortalised in British history as one of the Army's most glorious moments. The garrison was defended by 139 British soldiers with c.300 African colonial troops under their command when, on 22 January 1879, they were attacked by a Zulu force of nearly 4,000 warriors. Out numbered by nearly twenty to one, the British soldiers constructed a makeshift defence and fought throughout the night. Their tenacity and bravery ensured that the British retained the garrison and won the battle. Their acts in the face of this overwhelming onslaught saw 11 Victoria Crosses being awarded to the British garrison -- the highest number ever awarded for a single engagement. Rorke's Drift restored the British public's faith in the Army after the disaster of Isandlwana and the battle was famously portrayed in the film Zulu. Battle Story: Rorke's Drift explores the men and action at this most legendary of battles.

About Edmund Yorke

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Edmund Yorke is the author of Battle Story: Isandlwana 1879, Rorke's Drift 1879, and Zulu!: The Battle for Rorke's Drift, and he was the historical consultant for the History Channel/Discovery Channel television documentary on Rorke's Drift.
Published January 31, 2012 by Spellmount. 160 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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York (military history, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; Zulu!: The Battle for Rorke's Drift 1879) revisits the famous clash in a short history for the publisher's "Battle Story" series. The victory of 140 British soldiers over 4000 Zulu warriors, Yorke argues, was a particularly ably and heroi...

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