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HOLTS ANNOUNCE 2014 Anglo-ZULU WAR TOUR ITINERARY

     Holts Tours, the UK's leading battlefield tour operators, have just announced their itinerary for the 2014 tour of the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields. Now obviously I'm biased - I lead it, so please don't expect an impartial opinion from me! - but I think it is by far the best organised tour of the historic sites of the old Zulu kingdom out there.

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.

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