The annihilation of Lord Chelmsford’s invading army by the Zulus at Isandlwana on 22nd January 1879 was arguably the most devastating humiliation in British Imperial history. Only 55 out of 2000 men escaped the carnage and more officers were lost in those few blood-soaked hours than at Waterloo. Thus the recently discovery of a complete set of letters fro Lietenant Henry Curling RA, the only survivor of his troop, which lost all its guns, is hugely important.
Not only did Curling record the dramatic events of that fateful day in graphic detail but he captured the atmosphere of the whole campaign and the age in which it was fought. 158 pages.