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Studies in the Zulu War Volume III
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I was asked to let people know when this volume would be available and its content, so here are the details.
Julian Whybra

Will be available from Brecon Museum from next Wednesday 9th November.
Copies may be pre-ordered (either by phone or e-mail from Stephen Farish on 01874 613310 / [email protected]).

Essays included are:

The Letters of Colour-Sergeant William Edwards 1/24th Julian Whybra

The Anglo-Zulu War Memorial in Lichfield Cathedral M. Paul Bryant-Quinn

The Defence of Helpmekaar 22nd January 1879 Graham Alexander

Zabange – Pure Fiction Julian Whybra

The Prisoner Escort at Rorke’s Drift Julian Whybra

The Chard Reports: A Stylometric Analysis David I. Holmes

Description of each:

“The letters of Colour-Sergeant Edwards have recently been donated by a descendant to what is now the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh. With an accurate transcription and accompanying notes they deserve being made available to a wider audience.”

“A study of reactions in Britain to the Zulu War shows that caricatures of the Zulu – ranging from the naďvely romanticized or racially stereotypical to the unremittingly negative - were already forming in the national discourse even while the war was still being waged. While the Zulu name may have been remembered, the people themselves became inexorably and simplistically equated with their army and with the events of 1879. Yet, if the default perception of the Zulu inculcated in the public consciousness was one of violence, memories both of the name and of the caricature have proved surprisingly enduring. What was it about this short colonial war and its African protagonists which brought them to such notice in 1879 and which subsequently caught and retained the public imagination? How and why this came about is explored through the medium of Lichfield Cathedral’s Anglo-Zulu War Memorial.”

“A few miles from the slaughter of Isandhlwana and the besieged garrison at Rorke’s Drift lay Helpmekaar. The arrivals at and departures from it and the events of the night of 22nd January which helped to shape its defence are comprehensively covered in a meticulous piece of research.”

“Some years ago an account of Isandhlwana by a Zulu named Zabange was being advocated and used as a genuine account despite its having been shown to be a work of fiction. The proof, revised and updated, has been expanded in a variety of ways including the quotation of extracts from the account itself.”

“The origin of the existence of the Prisoner Escort at Rorke’s Drift deserves to be explained in its own right. Clarification has always been required for the presence of the miscellaneous group of soldiers who were involved in the defence of the post yet were not members of B coy 1/24th or hospital patients. This essay accounts for the presence of six of them.”

“Suspicions that Lieutenant Chard might not have written his post-Rorke’s Drift official report but that someone else may have penned it instead have recently been aired. Using stylometric analysis methods this claim is examined resulting in some definitive conclusions.”
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