Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana

  • by James Mace
  • Narrated by Jonathan Waters
  • 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa. British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle-Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war. He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations. With a heavy heart, the king prepares his nation for war against their former allies.
Leading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger, Baron Chelmsford, a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighboring Xhosa tribes. He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is, in essence, an illegal war.
Recently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe, members of C Company, 1/24th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband. Eager for adventure, they are prepared to do their duty both for the empire and for their friends.
As Frere's ultimatum expires, the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke's Drift into Zululand. Ten days later the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana.


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Well worth reading

While it didn't detract from the story too much , I found the use of a non British reader and his inaccurate pronunciation of some of the army ranks and place names irritating. However, I'm sure that American readers would feel the same of a British reader reading an American book.

The story itself however, is well written and well researched, relating how the ineptitude of a few led to an inglorious defeat of the British army despite the gallantry and discipline of the many.

Now on to read the follow on book 'Crucible of Honour - The Battle of Rorkes Drift'
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- Amazon Customer


A Wonderful insight into a well known battle brilliantly told. The characters became very real.
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- Kevin McSweeney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-03-2017
  • Publisher: Legionary Books