https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/89bvkr/podcast_episode_5_edit.mp3 For ios devices you can download Episode 5 of The Redcoat History Podcast here. You can also stream online here or simply google The Redcoat History Podcast. Hallo old man, welcome to my bell tent. Put your bundhook over there and feel free to rest a little. You boys of the northern column have … Continue reading Podcast Episode 5: Zulu Broken – the battles of Ntombe, Hlobane and Kambula.
PODCAST LINK ON APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-redcoat-history-podcast/id1464633664 PODCAST LINK ON PODBEAN: https://redcoathistory.podbean.com/e/anglo-zulu-war-part-4-the-siege-and-relief-of-eshowe/ The Anglo-Zulu war is so much more than the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. They may get all of the attention but there were many other battles and engagements - some of them almost forgotten now. The column that was so badly mauled at … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4: The siege and relief of Eshowe
The most famous engagement of the Victorian era. 11 Victoria Crosses won during a few hours of vicious hand to hand fighting, forever immortalised on film. But how much do most of us really know and understand about the battle? Was the film historically correct? In episode three of the Redcoat History Podcast, I take … Continue reading Podcast Episode 3: The Battle of Rorke’s Drift
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
In today's battlefield tour video, my father and I take a walk around Spionkop (Spioenkop), scene of the some of the heaviest fighting of the Anglo-Boer war. It's a fascinating battlefield, hardly changed since that short, sharp battle of January 1900. The battle was part of the disastrous campaign to relieve Ladysmith and push the … Continue reading A walk along Spion Kop
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
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
After the British were defeated at the battle of Isandlwana a few hundred survivors made a dash for the Buffalo River in an attempt to escape from the victorious Zulus. Take a walk with me as we explore that story and examine the terrain of the battlefield.
I am fascinated by the Anglo-Zulu war but have always been confused about the reasons for it and why Britain invaded. In this short "5 minute history" I try to give an explanation as to why the war happened.
This video looks at the battlefields of the Coastal column during the British invasion of Zululand. Nyezane, Eshowe and Gingindlovu are little known battles but fascinating and well worth a visit.