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How Can Man Die Better: The Secrets of Isandlwana Revealed (Paperback)
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How Can Man Die Better: The Secrets of Isandlwana Revealed (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 15/09/2009
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Colonel Snook's groundbreaking study-now in paperback . . . returncharacterreturncharacterWednesday 22 January 1879 was one of the most dramatic days in the long and distinguished history of the British Army. returncharacterreturncharacterAt noon a massive Zulu host attacked the 24th Regiment in its encampment at the foot of the mountain of Isandlwana, a distinctive feature that bore an eerie resemblance to the Sphinx badge of the outnumbered redcoats. Disaster ensued. Later that afternoon the victorious Zulus would strike the tiny British garrison at Rorke's Drift. returncharacterreturncharacterHow Can Man Die Better is a unique analysis of Isandlwana-of the weapons, tactics, ground, and the intriguing characters who made the key military decisions. Because the fatal loss was so high on the British side there is still much that is unknown about the battle-until now. returncharacterreturncharacterMike Snook is the first military professional to scrutinize the battle in print since 1879. He has an unparalleled grasp of the nuances of the ground at Isandlwana and of their implications in practical military terms. Most compellingly he has an instinctive feel for the characters who forged this supremely dramatic history, for this is "family" history-the battle was fought by soldiers of the author's own regiment. returncharacterreturncharacterThis is a work of unparalleled depth, which eschews the commonly held perception that the British collapse was sudden and that the 24th Regiment was quickly overwhelmed. Rather, there was a protracted and heroic defense against a determined and equally heroic foe. The author reconstructs the final phase of the battle in a way that has never been attempted before. It was to become the stuff of legend, which the author brings to life so vividly that one can almost sense the fear and smell the blood. returncharacterreturncharacterHow Can Man Die Better is essential reading for anyone interested in Isandlwana, the wider Anglo-Zulu War or the Victorian Army.

Publisher: Casemate Books
ISBN: 9781935149149
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 240 x 159 mm

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