Company: Casemate Publishing
Neil Thornton’s book takes a fresh look at one of the most famous battles in British history, that being the battle that took place at Rorke’s Drift on January 22-23, 1879. Author Thornton indicates, in the book’s title, that it presents a new perspective to a very well-known and documented engagement.
Thornton puts forward a new narrative based upon a significant quantity of documentation, reasonable and logical conjecture upon some aspects of the defense of Rorke’s Drift, and in so doing, points to the conduct of John Chard VC, 5th Company Royal Engineers, as not only exemplary but one of the most important factors in the successful defense of the brief, but ferocious fighting between the Zulu army and the British Soldiers.
Thornton sets the scene by describing the decision made by Sir Bartle Frere that directly led to the engagement at Rorke’s Drift. In the following 180 pages Thornton uses eye-witness accounts to detail the decisions that led to the fortification of the buildings at the Drift, those decisions being made by the aforementioned Chard.