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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.

A Walk on the Hlobane

A friend of mine - who has an effortless knack of upstaging my own travel stories - recently remarked that he had never managed to visit the summit of the Hlobane mountain without something untoward happening. His first adventure there had happened as long ago as 1959, when he was still a lad, growing up in Durban with his ex-pat parents.

The Ghosts of the Nkandla Forest

I’ve recently returned from leading this year’s Holts tour of the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields. The tour is undoubtedly the most comprehensive of its type available and it takes in not only all the battlefields from the 1879 war but a great many other sites from Zulu history as well, and it has grown organically over the years.

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