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Henry Harford's Zulu War Journal

John Laband

Henry Harford was a young officer in the British Army and the adjutant of his own regiment when tensions were rising between the British colonial government in Natal and the independent Zulu kingdom in 1878. In the face of these tensions, Harford volunteered for temporary special service and first served as a Lieutenant in the Natal Native Contingent before going on to resume his commission and adjutancy of his regiment in Natal during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. The Zulu War Journal tells the true story of his experience during this time, providing readers with fascinating eye-witness accounts of the conflict.

Harford's journal chronicles key events in the Zulu Wars in captivating, eye-opening detail and pays tribute to all those who fought bravely alongside him. Among the episodes covered are: the disaster at Isandlwana; the heroic battle at Rorke's Drift; the recovery of the Queen's color of the 1st Battalion, 24th Regiment, at Fugitive's Drift; and the hunt for the Zulu king Cetshwayo.

This comprehensive new edition of the journal offers readers even more insight into and details about the conflict thanks to a host of contemporary photographs and expert commentary from leading Anglo-Zulu specialist John Laband. A truly fascinating and dramatic testimony, this updated edition of Henry Harford's Anglo-Zulu War Journal is essential reading for anyone interested in military history.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Greenhill Books
  • Publish Date: Nov 30th, 2024
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781399078481
  • Categories: Modern - 19th CenturyWars & Conflicts - GeneralAfrica - South - General

About the Author

Laband, John: - JOHN LABAND is Professor Emeritus and Chair of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, England. His books include The Rise and Full of the Zulu Nation (1997); The Atlas of the Later Zulu Wars (2002); The Transvaal Rebellion: The First Boer War (2005); Kingdom in Crisis: the Zulu Response to the British Invasion of 1879 (2007); the Historical Dictionary of the Zulu Wars (2009) and Zulu Warriors: The Battle for the South African Frontier (2014).
Knight, Ian: - Ian Knight is one of the best-known authorities on the Anglo-Zulu War. As well as lecturing and writing articles on the subject for journals and magazines, he has compile museum catalogues and acted as a consultant for television documentaries produced by the BBC and the History Channel. His many books include Brave Men's Blood: The Anatomy of the Zulu Army, The National Army Museum Book of the Zulu War and a biography of the Prince Imperial. He is also vice-president of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society. Ian Knight lives in Sussex.
Harford, Henry: - Colonel Henry Harford C.B. was an experienced military officer who played a significant role in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He first served as a lieutenant in the Natal Native Contingent before going on to resume his commission and adjutancy of his own regiment during the war. He became Colonel of the 99th (Wiltshire) Regiment and was invested a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in 1907.