By Katie Stossel
Remarkably after such lengthy historic scrutiny, the author's learn proves that there's but extra to find approximately this well-known incident of the Zulu battle 1879 and her beautifully researched publication finds a couple of myths that experience distorted what occurred throughout the gallant defence of the small project Station. for instance, it transpires that the remoted outpost used to be already organized for an assault through specialists in box defence. whereas this not at all denigrates the heroic efforts of the seriously out-numbered defenders, it does aid to give an explanation for the winning defence opposed to possible overwhelming odds
This attention-grabbing and hugely readable account is going directly to study intimately the recognized Chard document which has lengthy been trusted by way of historians and authors. Doubts turn out to be to its accuracy and facts is equipped which implies the Report's writer used to be coerced via a senior officer so that it will guard the latter's popularity. Likewise the letters of August Hammar, a tender Swedish customer to the challenge, 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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A Handful of Heroes, Rorke's Drift: Facts, Myths and Legends by Katie Stossel