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Balaclava 1854: The Charge of the Light Brigade
Sweetman, John
ISBN: 9780850459616
Osprey Pub Co  1990 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM006. The port of Balaclava was crucial in maintaining the supply lines for the Allied siege of Sevastapol. The Russian attack in October 1854 therefore posed a major threat to the survival of the Allied cause. This book examines in detail the crucial battle of Balaclava, including: the attack on the redoubts; the action of "the thin red line" in which an assortment of about 700 British troops, some invalids, were abandoned by their Turkish allies; the subsequent charge of the Heavy Brigade; and the most famous part of the battle: the infamous charge of the Light Brigade.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007007  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Black Night off Finisterre: Tragic Tale of an Early British Ironclad
Hawkey, Arthur
ISBN: 1840370955
Airlife Publishing Ltd Ramsbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 16 photos and illustrations. This is the definitive account of the loss the HMS Captain in 1870, and the decade long public controversy surrounding the construction of the vessel. The HMS Captain was a very important vessel in history because she was the first ocean going turreted warship.  Very Good/Good
Price: $15.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000357  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Black Night off Finisterre: Tragic Tale of an Early British Ironclad
Hawkey, Arthur
ISBN: 1840370955
Airlife Publishing Ltd Ramsbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 16 photos and illustrations. This is the definitive account of the loss the HMS Captain in 1870, and the decade long public controversy surrounding the construction of the vessel. The HMS Captain was a very important vessel in history because she was the first ocean going turreted warship.  Very Good/Good
Price: $15.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000721  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Black Night off Finisterre: Tragic Tale of an Early British Ironclad
Hawkey, Arthur
ISBN: 1840370955
Airlife Publishing Ltd Ramsbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 16 photos and illustrations. This is the definitive account of the loss the HMS Captain in 1870, and the decade long public controversy surrounding the construction of the vessel. The HMS Captain was a very important vessel in history because she was the first ocean going turreted warship.  Very Good/Good
Price: $15.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000720  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Crazy Horse and Custer: The Epic Clash of Two Great Warriors at the Little Bighorn
Ambrose, Stephen E.
ISBN: 0743468643
Pocket Books London, United Kingdom 2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 527 pages. Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer of the Seventh Cavalry, were cultural opposites, but they led uncannily parallel lives. Born at the same time, they both became leader at very early ages, were stripped of power, and in disgrace worked to earn back the respect of their people. Above all, Crazy Horse and Custer were men of supreme courage, natural born leaders. On the morning of 25 June 1876, the paths of these two great men collided in an epic battle on the banks of the Little Bighorn. It was an inevitable clash between two men, two societies and two ways of life.   As New
Price: $17.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001650  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Custer and His Commands: From West Point to Little Bighorn
Cox, Kurt Hamilton
ISBN: 1853673587
Greenhill Book Osceola, WI, United Kingdom 1999 
 Soft Cover New book, 72 pages. This illustrated book is a complete pictorial history of George Armstrong Custer. From his early day at West Point to death and glory at Little Bighorn. Custer was one of the most flamboyant and colourful officers ever to have served in the US Army.  As New
Price: $31.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004796  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Doniphan's Epic March: The 1st Missouri Volunteers in the Mexican War
Dawson, Joseph G. III; III Dawson, Joseph G.
ISBN: 0700609563
Univ Pr of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A. 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. In 1846-47, a ragtag army of 800 American volunteers marched 3,500 miles across deserts and mountains, through Indian territory, and into Mexico. There, they handed the Mexican Army, one of its most demoralising defeats and helped the United States win its first foreign war. Their leader, Colonel Alexander Doniphan, also a volunteer, was a natural soldier of towering stature who became a national hero in the wake of his wartime exploits.  Very Good/Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000451  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Doniphan's Epic March: The 1st Missouri Volunteers in the Mexican War
Dawson, Joseph G. III; III Dawson, Joseph G.
ISBN: 0700609563
Univ Pr of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A. 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. In 1846-47, a ragtag army of 800 American volunteers marched 3,500 miles across deserts and mountains, through Indian territory, and into Mexico. There, they handed the Mexican Army, one of its most demoralising defeats and helped the United States win its first foreign war. Their leader, Colonel Alexander Doniphan, also a volunteer, was a natural soldier of towering stature who became a national hero in the wake of his wartime exploits.  Very Good/Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000484  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Florence Nightingale and the Crimea, 1854-55
no author
ISBN: 0117024252
The Stationary Office  2000 
 Soft Cover New book, 184 pages. Uncovered Editions are historic official papers which have not been previously available in popular form. These short extracts from government papers are not intended to provide a history of the war or any part of it. They have been selected in order to provide a snapshot of events as they were presented to parliament. In particular they focus on the terrible disaster that was the Charge of the Light Brigade (durng the battle of Balaklava) and the inadequate provisions that were made for the care of the sick and wounded, both in the field and at Scutari. The documents relating to the hospitals at Scutari include evidence of the ministry of Florence Nightingale.  As New
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004283  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Florence Nightingale and the Crimea, 1854-55
no author
ISBN: 0117024252
The Stationary Office  2000 
 Soft Cover New book, 184 pages. Uncovered Editions are historic official papers which have not been previously available in popular form. These short extracts from government papers are not intended to provide a history of the war or any part of it. They have been selected in order to provide a snapshot of events as they were presented to parliament. In particular they focus on the terrible disaster that was the Charge of the Light Brigade (durng the battle of Balaklava) and the inadequate provisions that were made for the care of the sick and wounded, both in the field and at Scutari. The documents relating to the hospitals at Scutari include evidence of the ministry of Florence Nightingale.  As New
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004282  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Florence Nightingale and the Crimea, 1854-55
no author
ISBN: 0117024252
The Stationary Office  2000 
 Soft Cover New book, 184 pages. Uncovered Editions are historic official papers which have not been previously available in popular form. These short extracts from government papers are not intended to provide a history of the war or any part of it. They have been selected in order to provide a snapshot of events as they were presented to parliament. In particular they focus on the terrible disaster that was the Charge of the Light Brigade (durng the battle of Balaklava) and the inadequate provisions that were made for the care of the sick and wounded, both in the field and at Scutari. The documents relating to the hospitals at Scutari include evidence of the ministry of Florence Nightingale.  As New
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004281  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Garibaldi: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of History
Field, Ron
ISBN: 9781849083218
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, CMD14. This book looks closely at the life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Born on July 4, 1807 in the city of Nice, the turning point in his life occurred in April 1833 when he met Giovanni Battista Cuneo, a member of the secret movement known as "Young Italy." Joining this society, Garibaldi took an oath dedicating his life to the struggle for the liberation of his homeland from Austrian dominance. The subsequent years would see him fighting in Brazil, in the Uruguayan Civil War, and on the Italian peninsula. Between 1848 and 1870, Garibaldi and his men were involved in a prolonged struggle that eventually led to the final unification of Italy in 1870.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006647  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Inkerman 1854: The Soldiers' Battle
Mercer, Patrick, Lt. Col
ISBN: 1855326183
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1998 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM051. On 5 November 1854 the Russians marched out of the besieged city of Sevastopol to throw off the allied British and French forces by mounting a joint attack with their troops from outside the city. Despite outnumbering their enemies five to one the Russians failed to achieve victory in what looked to be almost a foregone conclusion. The third major action of the Crimean War (following Alma and Balaclava), the battle fought in heavy fog at Inkerman proved to be a testament to the skill and initiative of the individual men and officers of the British Army of the day.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003114  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Isandlwana 1879: The Great Zulu Victory
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 9781841765112
Osprey Pub Co  2002 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM111. The battle of Isandlwana fought on 22 January 1879 was the greatest defeat suffered by the British Army during the Victorian era. A Zulu army of 24,000 warriors had moved undetected to within striking distance of the British camp in the shadow of Isandlwana Mountain. From the start the 1,700 defenders underestimated the danger descending upon them. They were swept aside with horrifying speed and the final stage of the battle consisted of desperate hand-to-hand fighting amid the British camp. Over 1,300 men were killed; scarcely 60 Europeans survived. Ian Knight employs new archaeological and historical research to provide a completely new interpretation of the course of the battle. Contents: The Origins of the Anglo-Zulu War, Chronology, The Opposing Commanders, Opposing Forces, Opposing Plans, Preliminary Operations, The Battle of Isandlwana, Immediate Aftermath, The Strategic Consequences of The Battlefields today, Further Reading, Index.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007296  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Khartoum 1885: General Gordon's last Stand
Featherstone, Donald
ISBN: 9781855323018
Osprey Pub Co  1993 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM023. Early in 1881 unrest in the Sudan began to crystallise around Mohammed Ibn Ahmed el-Sayyid Abdullah. Proclaiming himself the long-expected Madhi, the Guided One of the Prophet, he preached that the Sudan was to be purged of its Egyptian oppressors. Drawn in by the Egyptian failure to deal with the situation, the British sent General Gordon to organise an evacuation. On reaching Khartoum however, General Gordon believed, incorrectly, that the Madhi could be reasoned with. Instead of negotiating, the Madhi besieged the town for 317 days. This title looks in particular, although not exclusively, at the battles fought by the British columns sent to relieve Khartoum.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003101  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Nez Perce 1877: The Last Fight
Forczyk, Robert
ISBN: 9781849081917
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM231. With the wars between the US and the Native Americans drawing to a close, one tribe in Eastern Oregon continued to resist. The Nez Perce, led by the "Red Napoleon" Chief Joseph, refused to surrender and accept resettlement. Instead, Chief Joseph organized a band of 750 warriors and set off for the Canadian border, pursued by 2,000 US Army troops under Major-General Oliver Howard. The army chased the natives for three months, fighting 13 actions. Finally, just 40 miles from the Canadian border, the Army ran Chief Joseph to the ground, and forced him to surrender after a five-day battle near Bear Paw Mountain.   As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005092  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Rorke's Drift 1879: 'Pinned like rats in a hole
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 9781855325067
Osprey Pub Co  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM041. Rorke's Drift sums up some of the best traditions of the British self-image: steadfastness against the odds, victory in adversity and the thin red line. The British stand deserves to go down in history as one of the most heroic actions of all time. The story of a mere 150 British and Imperial soldiers defending an isolated outpost against over 3,000 Zulu warriors summed up the experience of the colonial adventure for the Victorians and remains part of our heritage even today. Ian Knight recounts the course of this famous conflict in which no less than 11 Victoria crosses were won.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007293  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Solferino 1859: The Battle for Italy's Freedom
Brookes, Richard
ISBN: 9781846033858
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM207. The battle of Solferino, fought during the Franco-Austrian War of 1859, was the largest European battle since Leipzig in 1813. In the presence of three crowned heads of state - Napoleon III of France, Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria and Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia (later the King of all Italy) - the armies clashed together in a bitterly fought contest that would leave more than 40,000 dead. As a crucial climax to the Second Italian War of Independence, this title covers the build-up to the battle, including actions at Montebello, Palestro and Magenta that led to the decisive moment of the campaign. Full-colour battle-scene artwork and detailed maps illustrate this comprehensive account of the commanders, armies, plans and aftermath of one of the bloodiest battles of the period. Contents; Introduction; Chronology; Opposing commanders; Opposing forces; Opposing plans; The Solferino campaign; After the battle; The battlefields today; Further reading; Index.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003915  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Tel El-Kebir 1882: Wolseley's Conquest of Egypt
Featherstone, Donald
ISBN: 1855323338
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1993 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM027. In 1881, the Egyptian army mutinied against the Khedive of Egypt and forced him to appoint Said Ahmed Arabi as Minister of War. In March 1882, Arabi was made a Pasha and from this time on acted as a dictator. Arabi demanded that the foreigners be driven out of Egypt and called for the massacre of Christians. This prompted an armed British response, first in the form of a naval bombardment of Alexandria, and then as an expeditionary force under Lieutenant-General Wolseley. This book explores the entire campaign, including Sir Wolseley's 'textbook' operation that was planned and executed with masterly competence.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003111  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Alamo 1836: Santa Anna's Texas Campaign
Hardin, Stephen
ISBN: 9781841760902
Osprey Pub Co  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM089. On the morning of 6 March 1836 around 1,100 Mexican soldiers under Generalissimo Santa Anna stormed a small mission outside San Antonio, Texas, and slaughtered the garrison of around 200 Texans. It was not a large battle but its significance vastly outweighed its size for the name of the mission was the Alamo. Less than two months later Santa Anna's force was smashed at San Jacinto by a volunteer army whose battle cry was "Remember the Alamo". Stephen L Hardin details the climactic 1836 campaign which won Texas her independence.   As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005145  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839-1919
Fremont-Barnes, Gregory
ISBN: 9781846034466
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ESS040. During the 19th Century Britain entered into three brutal wars with Afghanistan, each one an imperial struggle for power that saw the British forces trying, and failing, to gain control of an inhospitable and impenetrable region. The first two wars (1839 - 42, 1878 - 81) were attempts to expunge pro-Russian sympathies, and the third, in 1919, a result of an Afghan-declared holy war against British India. In the last of the three, over 100,000 Afghans answered the call for a holy war, generating a military force that would prove too great for the British Imperial army. Each of the three wars were plagued with military disasters, lengthy sieges and costly engagements for the British, and history has proved the Afghans a formidable foe and Afghanistan an unconquerable territory. This book reveals the history of these three Anglo-Afghan wars, the imperial power struggles that led to conflict and the torturous experiences of the men on the ground as they struggled against the inhospitable Afghan terrain and an unrelenting enemy. The book concludes with a brief overview of the motives for today's conflict and draws the historical parallels between the past and present.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007284  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Crimean War: 1854-1856
Sweetman, John
ISBN: 9781841761862
Osprey Pub Co  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ESS002. This bitter war between Russia and Turkey, aided by Britain and France, was the setting for the stuff of legends. This book details the gallant yet suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade, now immortalised in film: in the words of Tennyson, 'Into the Valley of Death rode the Six Hundred'. It relates the reports made by the first real war correspondant, William Russell of the London Times - reports which served only to highlight the army's problems - and memorialises the heroic deeds of Florence Nightingale, who struggled to save young men from the most formidable enemy in the Crimean War: not the Russians, but cholera.   As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005966  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Indian Mutiny 1857-58
Fremont-Barnes, Gregory
ISBN: 9781846032097
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ESS068. In the mid-19th century, India was the focus of Britain's international prestige and commercial power - the most important colony in an empire which extended to every continent on the globe and protected by the seemingly dependable native armies of the East India Company. When, however, in 1857 discontent exploded into open rebellion, Britain was obliged to field its largest army in forty years to defend its 'jewel in the crown'. This book, drawing on the latest sources as well as numerous first-hand accounts, explains why the sepoy armies rose up against the world's leading imperial power, details the major phases of the fighting, including the massacres at Cawnpore and the epic sieges of Delhi and Lucknow, and examines many other aspects of this compelling, at times horrifying, subject. Contents: Introduction; Chronology; Background to war; Warring sides; Outbreak; The fighting; Portrait of a soldier; The world around war; Portrait of a civilian; How the war ended; Conclusion and consequences; Further reading; Index.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004198  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Mexican War 1846-1848
Meed, Douglas
ISBN: 9781841764726
Osprey Pub Co  2002 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ESS025. The war with Mexico was the one of the most decisive conflicts in American history. After smashing Mexico's armies the young republic bestrode the North American continent like a colossus with one leg anchored on the Atlantic seaboard and the other on the Pacific. It was a bitter, hard fought war that raged across Mexico through the northern deserts, the fever-ridden Gulf cities and the balmy haciendas of California. This book covers the full course of the war, ending with General Winfield Scott's march from the captured port of Vera Cruz to Mexico City, fighting all the way.   As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005968  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905
Jukes, Geoffrey
ISBN: 9781841764467
Osprey Pub Co  2002 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ESS031. The Russo-Japanese war saw the first defeat of a major European imperialist power by an Asian country. When Japanese and Russian expansionist interests collided over Manchuria and Korea, the Tsar assumed Japan would never dare to fight. However, after years of planning, Japan launched a surprise attack on the Russian Port Arthur, on the Liaoyang Peninsula in 1904 and the war that followed saw Japan win major battles against Russia. This book explains the background and outbreak of the war, then follows the course of the fighting at Yalu River, Sha-ho, and finally Mukden, the largest battle anywhere in the world before the First World War.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007378  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Second Burmese War: A Narrative of the Operations at Rangoon, in 1852
Laurie, William
ISBN: 9748304027
Orchid Pr Thailand 2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 280 pages. An account of the Second Anglo-Burmese War, undertaken to promote the activities of British colonial merchants in the region, and to avenge perceived "insults . . injustice and oppression" of British representatives by the Burmese court. A detailed account of the campaign, first published in 1853, as seen through the eyes of an English officer, with sketchmaps of the defenses of Rangoon and Bassein.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003484  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Second War of Italian Unification 1859-61
Schneid, Frederick
ISBN: 9781849087872
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, ESS74. The culmination of decades of nationalist aspiration and cynical Realpolitik, the Second War of Italian Unification saw Italy transformed from a patchwork of minor states dominated by the Habsburg Austrians into a unified kingdom under the Piedmontese House of Savoy. Overshadowed by subsequent conflicts, the war saw the first widespread use of railroads in war and the first battlefield deployment of rifled field artillery, as well as the last major battle in world history where all the forces involved were under the personal command of their monarchs. The savage nature of the fighting led to the foundation of the Red Cross and the establishment of the Geneva Conventions, while the colorful uniforms and aggressive doctrine espoused by the French Army in particular were to influence those on both sides of the American Civil War. Beyond the battlefields, the outcome of the war represented a culminating triumph for the Piedmontese prime minister, Camillo di Cavour, whose success in winning and retaining French and British support for his plans for Italian unification has provided a model for the leaders of junior partners allied to world powers ever since. Unlike many existing accounts, which approach the events of 1859-61 from a predominantly French perspective, this study draws upon a huge breadth of sources to examine the conflict as a critical event in Italian history. A concise explanation of the origins of the war is followed by a wide-ranging survey of the forces deployed and the nature and course of the fighting - on land and at sea - and the consequences for those involved are investigated. This is a groundbreaking study of a conflict that was of critical significance not only for Italian history but also for the development of 19th-century warfare.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006131  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Zulu War 1879
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 9781841766126
Osprey Pub Co  2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 95 pages, ESS056. The Zulu War of 1879 remains one of the best known British colonial wars and included two battles whose names reverberate through history. At Isandlwana the Zulus inflicted a crushing defeat on the British; the gallant British defence at Rorke's Drift followed and re-established British prestige. Yet as this book shows, there was more to the war than this. Six months of brutal fighting followed, until the Zulu kingdom was broken up, its king imprisoned and the whole structure of the Zulu state destroyed. Years of intemecine strife followed, until the British finally annexed Zululand as a colonial possession.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007305  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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US Army in the Plains Indian Wars 1865-1891
Chun, Clayton
ISBN: 9781841765846
Osprey Pub Co  2004 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, BTO05. The Plains Indian War was one of the most controversial conflicts in American military history, as the US Army faced a tough opponent that challenged it for decades following the end of the Civil War. The Army leadership endured a severe lack of resources, political constraints, an indifferent public, tough environmental conditions, and other problems of the frontier. Army officers and men had to adapt to these constraints, and this period also proved to be a trial of the ability and endurance of the common soldier. This title details the organization, development, training, tactics and command structures of the US Army during its subjugation of the Plains Indian tribes.   As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006030  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Zulu War
Knight, Lan; Castle, Lan
ISBN: 1841768588
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2004 
 Hard Cover New book, 222 pages. The Zulu War of 1879 was devestating in its brutality. Pitting the firepower of the professional British army against the skill and determination of King Cetshwayo's Zulu warriors, it was a mighty clash of military cultures that ended with the collapse of Zululand - the last great black kingdom bordering Britain's African colonies. The book traces the course of the Zulu War, covering the major battles of Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift and Khambula, and showing that the British victory was by no means easily won. The opposing forces - the British, under General Sir Arthur Cunnynghame and the Zulus, under their King Cetshwayo - are profiled, and their dress, equipment, organisation and military methodologies are examined in detail.   As New/As New
Price: $48.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003569  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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