Fort Pine – A hidden gem of the Anglo-Zulu War

Deep in the rural areas of KwaZulu-natal, about 20km from Dundee is the impressive, but almost unknown Anglo-Zulu War fortification known as Fort Pine. Its dry-stone walls are still impressive, at least 14 feet high they tower over the gentle farmland of the Biggarsberg ridge.  https://youtu.be/0FpLS6CYmag Work began on the fort by the Royal Engineers … Continue reading Fort Pine – A hidden gem of the Anglo-Zulu War

The Heroes of Rorke’s Drift: Frank Bourne OBE, DCM

Transcript of the video that is embedded below: Today I’m talking about Frank Edward Bourne OBE DCM - or Colour Sergeant Bourne as he was during the battle of Rorke’s Drift. He was the senior British NCO present at the battle, but unlike many of his colleagues he was never awarded the Victoria Cross. You probably remember him from … Continue reading The Heroes of Rorke’s Drift: Frank Bourne OBE, DCM

John Shipp: A real-life Richard Sharpe (video)

Welcome to the first of my new "5 minute Friday" strand. In this first episode I am talking about the remarkable John Shipp...His story is absolutely amazing. During the Napoleonic era being promoted from the ranks was more common than most people think. . .But Shipp was still an exceptional man and managed it twice. … Continue reading John Shipp: A real-life Richard Sharpe (video)

A new Redcoat History ebook and you can download it for free

The Martini-Henry Rifle was the weapon carried by most of the British soldiers during the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. It's a legendary weapon and I was keen to learn more about it. Therefore, I invited the incredibly knowledgeable and interesting Rob from the Britishmuzzleloaders YouTube channel to join me on the podcast a little while … Continue reading A new Redcoat History ebook and you can download it for free