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The 1879 Zulu War
Compiled by Ron Lock & Peter Quantrell
Hardcover + dustjacket: 310 x 220 mm
Through the Eyes of the Illustrated London News
The fascination of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 continues unabated. It was impassioned almost 40 years ago by the film Zulu, starring Stanley barker and a yet to be discovered Michael Caine. Zulu has been shown – and continues to be shown – on British television more than any other feature film. In the USA and elsewhere it has become a cult movie. Moreover, created a near avalanche of books, articles, lectures, documentaries and websites that has come close to being an industry. But the basis of all this activity was, in fact, generated 120 years ago by the weekly magazines of Victorian England such as the Illustrated London News.
Every Saturday morning, at the cost of six pence, the Illustrated London News presented to its readers descriptions of events and bloody battles brought alive by the magnificent illustrations drawn by the top war artists of the day.
Although copies of the original magazines are much sought after and have become collectors’ items, the compilers have painstakingly acquired every issue pertaining to the conflict and, having extracted every report and illustration on the subject, have produced, with an index, and in chronological order, a unique record of the Anglo-Zulu War. Albeit through the eyes of a Colonial Victorian Age.
This compilation of the Illustrated London News, with a foreword by David Rattray of Fugitive’s Drift, has been compiled by the co-authors of the acclaimed Zulu Victory; the Epic of Isandlwana and the Cover-Up.