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The Day of the Dead Moon (Audio CD)

David Rattray

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By the late 1800s the British Empire in Africa was nearing its crescent. In Southern Africa one large swath of land was still not under British control: the Zulu Kingdom. No war in colonial Africa, be it French, German, Belgian, or British, has more riveted the imagination than the Zulu War. The Zulu Kingdom, started by the ruthless Shaka, was Englands immediate neighbor in what is today South Africa. In a series of...
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THE DAY OF THE DEAD MOON

5-CD, running time approx 5 hours

By the late 1800s the British Empire in Africa was nearing its crescent. In Southern Africa one large swath of land was still not under British control: the Zulu Kingdom. No war in colonial Africa, be it French, German, Belgian, or British, has more riveted the imagination than the Zulu War. The Zulu Kingdom, started by the ruthless Shaka, was England’s immediate neighbor in what is today South Africa. In a series of orchestrated events in 1879, the Zulus were given an impossible choice: either capitulate to British demands or face war. After a British-imposed deadline passed, three British columns forded the Buffalo River at Rorke's Drift and invaded Zulu territory.

Within days, Lord Chelmsford's invasion was in jeopardy. Part of his central column was nearly annihilated at Isandlwana in a battle rated as one of the greatest military disasters in British colonial history. A few survivors struggled back into Natal across the mighty Buffalo River. The battle had been so fierce that two gallant attempts to save the Queen's colors earned the first posthumous Victoria Crosses in British history. After Isandlwana, a great wing of 4,000 warriors attacked the British garrison at Rorke's Drift. The 139 British soldiers stationed at Rorke's Drift fought valiantly against the overwhelming force of Zulu warriors in a battle that lasted all night. More VCs were awarded for valor in this battle than in any other battle in British history. Some say that there never was another day like this one in all the annals of military history.

The final chapter takes us to Ulundi where the British, under new leadership, dealt the Zulus a devastating blow from which their empire could not recover. All these great historical events are covered in this five CD set.

The narrator, David Rattray, listened to Zulu survivors of the war, and he gives us their accounts. Rattray is actually a guide and lives near the battlefields and has spent years studying the events. He gives us a meticulous description of what happened, how Chelmsford made his fateful decision to split his forces, why the camp at Isandlwana was overrun, and how the British would have won that battle had those in command not made some fateful mistakes. And, ironically, the Zulus should have overrun Rorke’s Drift with ease, but they, too, made major tactical mistakes.

This 5-CD set masterfully portrays the history of the early settlers, Dutch and British, and the events that led to the war. This series of CDs is the best, most interesting, and most riveting account that we have ever heard or read on the Zulu war, and we have seen a lot of material on the Zulus. When we started listening to these CDs, we could not stop, and we guarantee you will also find the events highly interesting and entertaining. This set would be great listening as you commute to work in your car.

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