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Summary

The story of the bravest battle ever fought.

On 22nd January 1879 a force of 20,000 Zulus overwhelmed and destroyed the British invading force at Isandlwana, killing and ritually disemboweling more than 1,200 troops. That afternoon, the same Zulu force turned their attention on a small outpost at Rorke's Drift. 

The battle that ensued, one of the British Army's great epics, has since entered into legend. Throughout the night 85 men held off six full-scale Zulu attacks at the cost of only 27 casualties, forcing the Zulu army to withdraw. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for bravery shown on that night, the largest number for any one engagement in history.

But as Adrian Greaves' new research shows, there are several things about the myth of Rorke's Drift that don't add up. While it was the scene of undoubted bravery, it was also the scene of some astonishing cases of cowardice, and there is increasing evidence to suggest that the legend of Rorke's Drift was created to divert attention from the appalling British mistakes which caused the earlier defeat at Isandlwana.

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©2020 Adrian Greaves (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group
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Rorke’s Drift very repetitive making a great story dull. Fast forward is the only option

Repetitive repetitive receptive therefore a great story made very dull.So dont both to listen to

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Narration is awful

I'm part way through chapter 2 but really struggling as the narration is awful. It's almost as though its computer generated. The narration is laboured, there are delays in the middle of sentences, emphasis placed in the wrong place. It really is making it difficult to listen to the book.

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  • 17-12-20

Disappointed

I was very disappointed in this book. I looked forward to this book, but the majority of the book deals with the personalities involved and the reports of the battle and not so much about the battle itself.

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