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17 May 2020 6:36 p.m. PST
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Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2020 2:27 p.m. PST

Even after all these years, Donald Morris's "The Washing of the Spears" remains my personal favorite. The works by the Ians (Knight and Castle). come in neck and neck with Ron Lock.

First person account is a toss up between G. Hamilton-Brown (reads like a Flashman novel) and Henry Hartford.

What's your favorite?

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2020 3:03 p.m. PST

Was Washing of the Spears, now How Can Man Die Better by Mike Snook. An outstanding study of Isandlawana. I have his book on Rourke's Drift coming up in the reading list. I'm sure that will be great as well. I also thought Fearful, Hard Times was really good too.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2020 3:29 p.m. PST

Washing of the Spears…but both the Snooks books are also great."Like Lions they fought"would be next.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2020 4:40 p.m. PST

Washing of the Spears

mikec260 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2020 5:10 p.m. PST

Washing of the Spears

raylev317 May 2020 6:17 p.m. PST

Washing of the Spears

dbander12317 May 2020 6:55 p.m. PST

How Can Man Die Better

Perris070717 May 2020 7:03 p.m. PST

Washing of the Spears. Reading it again right now.

Basha Felika17 May 2020 7:19 p.m. PST

"Washing" was the book that first inspired me but it's become dated in the light of 50 years subsequent research – still a great read but a lot of inaccuracies.

"How could man die better" is a detailed, evocative and analytical account of Isandlwana by an author that knows his stuff though, as an ex-colonel of the 24th, he's very critical of Durnford.

Best general account of the war would be Ian Knight's "Zulu Rising"

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2020 2:24 a.m. PST

Washing of the spears, Zulu Rising is on my reading list.

Durban Gamer18 May 2020 2:51 a.m. PST

Colonial Campaigns The Zulu War
by that formidable team Roy Jones and Mark Fastoso.

The scenario book every Zulu War gamer should have!

Grey Heron18 May 2020 3:17 a.m. PST

How Can Man Die Better by Mike Snook, par excellence!

RudyNelson18 May 2020 4:02 p.m. PST

The novel Zulu Dawn was very good and different enough to make it interesting. The sections focused on the scouting youths and the games they played is one example. As was the sections on the Boer being married to the Zulu lady. Both of these sections were cut from the movie.

Chuckaroobob18 May 2020 5:09 p.m. PST

My personal fav is "Blood on Painted Mountain."

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