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A NEW ANGLO-ZULU WAR BOOK FROM OSPREY

     My new book has just been published by Osprey - it's British Infantryman vs. Zulu Warrior in their Combat series (not a snappy title, I grant you, but certainly functional!). Not merely a new book but a new series too, no less; Osprey of course are famous for their finely-honed format publications which break military history down into remarkably detailed yet bite-sized chunks, each series approaching the subject in a different way.

NEW BOOK BY JEFF GUY ABOUT SHEPSTONE

Last night the University of Natal launched a new book by Professor Jeff Guy about the most complex, influential and enigmatic official in the early history of colonial Natal - Theophilus Shepstone, the man who more than any other was responsible for the subjugation of the African peoples of KwaZulu-Natal. Shepstone has long been in need of a good modern appraisal - I've only just received my copy of the book and I've not read it yet, but it certainly looks impressive, both in terms of production and Jeff Guy's typically intense research.

Donald Featherstone

I was sorry to hear this week that veteran British wargamer and author Donald Featherstone passed away on 3 September 2013 after complications following a fall at home. He was 95. Don was born in London and served in WW2 with the Royal Armoured Corps, and subsequently spent much of his professional life as a physiotherapist (including a spell at Southampton Football Club). He is best known, however, as one of the founding fathers of the modern hobby of wargaming.

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