Zulu War: Volunteers, Irregulars & Auxiliaries (Paperback)

Volunteers, Irregulars & Auxiliaries

By Ian Castle, Raffaele Ruggeri (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), 9781841764849, 48pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2003



Mention of the Zulu War of 1879 inevitably conjures up images of the redcoats at Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift; it is often forgotten that the limited number of Imperial troops available led to the raising of several thousand local troops from Natal, Cape Colony and beyond. Typified by hard-riding white frontiersmen and lightly armed African infantry, these units made up for the British Army's severe shortage of cavalry scouts and local knowledge. Ian Castle's concise study of their organisation, uniforms, weapons, and campaign service covers a far wider range of units than ever previously published; it is illustrated with rare photographs and vivid colour plates.

About the Author

Ian Castle is a founder member of the Napoleonic Association, and is still very involved in their activities both in Britain and mainland Europe. Ian began writing over ten years ago and besides having numerous articles published in military magazines and journals, he has written or co-written eight books, four of them for the Osprey Campaign series.