Queen Victoria's Most Famous Little War
Date of publication: September 2010
Publisher: The History Press
With its captivating events, the Zulu War is the most fascinating of Queen Victoria's 'Little Wars'. It is a story rich in the extremes of human experience: gallantry, cowardice, savagery, hubris and sheer, stark terror. The way the campaign unfolded was a consequence of the actions of Britain's commander in the field, Lord Chelmsford, who thought that the outcome would be a foregone conclusion, but then found himself amidst one of the most shocking disasters in British military history. This book looks at events through Chelmsford's eyes, examining contemporary correspondence to tell the tale. Forced to cope with the catastrophe of Isandlwana, only slightly offset by the heroic defence of Rorke's Drift, he then had to win the war as quickly as possible before the man who had been chosen to replace him arrived in South Africa. Full of drama, this is the story of Lord Chelmsford's war, one of the most turbulent campaigns ever fought in Africa.