Podcast Episode 2: The battle of Isandlwana

Hurrah, you've made it to my website. Perhaps I may surmise that you have come via my new Redcoat History podcast? If so I wish you a hearty welcome. Here - take my canteen, slip off those old leather boots and warm your hands by the fire. https://youtu.be/ZY3J3Y_OU0w Actually, scrap that - a runner has … Continue reading Podcast Episode 2: The battle of Isandlwana

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Podcast Episode 1: The road to war, why did Britain invade Zululand?

Firstly, I want to say thanks for listening to the first ever episode of the Redcoat History Podcast. This has been a long journey for me and I am so happy to finally see this dream become reality. The purpose of the blog posts that accompany each episode is to share useful links, videos and … Continue reading Podcast Episode 1: The road to war, why did Britain invade Zululand?

Battlefield tour: The battle for the Platrand (Caesar’s camp and Wagon Hill)

The siege of Ladysmith during the Anglo-Boer war is the stuff of legends. The Boers had surrounded General Sir George White and his troops since the start of November 1899 but had been generally inactive and unwilling to launch a frontal assault on the town. That changed on the 6th January 1900 when the biggest … Continue reading Battlefield tour: The battle for the Platrand (Caesar’s camp and Wagon Hill)

Photos: Pioneer Cemetery, Harare

The Commonwealth war graves section of Harare (Pioneer) cemetery is a  small oasis of well-maintained calm inside a huge, semi-derelict civilian graveyard close to the slum of Mbare. I found it more by accident than design when in Zimbabwe for the recent elections. According to the CWGC website, the cemetery contains 259 identified casualties, 224 … Continue reading Photos: Pioneer Cemetery, Harare

A short walk up Talana Hill: First battle of the Anglo-Boer war

The opening engagement of the Anglo-Boer war was fought in this small town in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. It was a small but important battle that showed the British army how dangerous it was to scorn their enemy. Join me for a walk up Talana hill as I get some exercise and move in … Continue reading A short walk up Talana Hill: First battle of the Anglo-Boer war