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Book reviews for - 19th and Early 20th Century


  • Kipling's Soldiers

    Newark, George and Christopher
    Many people are familiar with Kipling's poetry but this compliation, with paintings by Bryan Fosten, and supporting text by the authors is a book for the military historians bedside.
    The Pompadour Gallery, 1993
  • The Warrior Mullah- The Horn Aflame 1892-1920

    Beachey Ray

    Bellew Publishing, 1990
  • The Transvaal War 1880-1881

    Bellairs, Lady
    Facsimile reprint of the 1885 edition - concentrates primarily on the various seiges of British garrisons throughout the Transvaal in which her husband Col. Bellairs was involved but also describes the situation and causes of the war.
    Struik, Cape Town, 1972
  • Victorian Military Campaigns

    Bond, Prof. Brian (Editor)
    A very readable collection of descriptions by various authors of some of the larger of Britains 'Small Wars' during the Victorian period. Includes the Sikh Wars, China 1660, Abyssinia, Ashanti, Egypt and the Sudan as well as an excellent write up on the first Boer War, or the Transvaal Independence of 1881.
    Hutchinson & Co., 1967
  • The Boer War

    Churchill, Winston S
    A collected volume of Churchill's reports from the front for the Morning Post during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. Obviously intended for a pro-British,19th Century newspaper readership but still very readable with plenty of first-hand detail, particulary on his daring escape from captivity. His treatement of Sir Redvers Buller is contemporary and generous which although rubbished since, has more recently been re-appraised.
    , 1901
  • The Blue and the Grey - 2 Vols.

    Commager, Henry Steele
    2 volume collection of 1st hand accounts, extracts of memoires etc. from the American Civil War. Covers both Generals and soldiers, politicians and civilians.
    Bobbs-Merrill, New York, 1950
  • The Three Years War

    De Wet, Christiaan

    Westminster, 1902
  • Victorian Colonial Warfare - Africa

    Featherstone, Donald

    Blandford, 1992
  • Victorian Colonial Warfare India

    Featherstone, Donald
    Covers from the Sind to the Indian Mutiny in masses of detail. Maps and illustrations support the excellent text.
    Blanford, 1992
  • The Civil War, A Narrative - 3 Vols.

    Foote, Shelby

    Pimlico, 1992
  • The Hall Handbook of the Anglo Boer War

    Hall, Darrell
    An excellent reference text providing background on people, places, events, equipment and organisation in the Anglo Boer War. A particularly interesting section on the Boer Artillery - the Long Toms - from an acknowledged expert on the subject.
    University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 1999
  • Britain's Forgotten Wars

    Hernon, Ian
    Subtitled 'Colonial Campaigns of the 19th Century' this is a collected work originally published between 1998 abd 2001 as three separate books - 'Massacre and Retribution', 'The Savage Empire', and 'Blood in the Sand'. A mammoth but very readable chronicle of many of Britains lesser known colonial conflicts including the Maori 'Flagstaff War', the first Burma war, the first and second Sikh Wars, the Opium and Arrow China Wars and many others.
    Sutton, 2003
  • The Boer War

    Jackson, Tabitha
    Good overview of the war with plenty of illustrations and photographs. Highlights the important role of the black South Africans and gives the lie to the conflict said to be the 'White man's war'. Accompanied a TV series.
    Channel 4 Books, 1999
  • Mad Mullah of Somaliland

    Jardine, Douglas James
    Jardine
    Herbert jenkins, 1923
  • The Crimean War

    Judd, Denis
    The military incompetence, the personal animosities of the senior officers and the heroics and sufferings of the common soldier are all here. Judd draws on the personal accounts of men who were there and of the writings of the first ever war correspondent to give a clear readable overview of the Crimean War.
    Book Club Associates 1976, 1975
  • To the Bitter End - A Photographic History of the Boer War 1899-1902

    Lee, Emanoel
    An excellent collection of photographs of the Boer War with a good accompanying text fleshing out the photographic subjects. As a consultant surgeon in Britain, and a born and bred South African he approaches the subject from an objective and humanitarian view point. The chapter on battlefield injuries and their treatment is particularly good.
    Guild Publishing, London., 1985
  • Battle Cry of Freedom

    McPherson, James M
    A classic single-volume text on the American Civil War covering all the major engagements, political movements and foreign policy implications necessary to build a rounded picture of the war.
    Penguin, 1990
  • Into the Valley of Death: The British Cavalry Division at Balaclava 1854

    Mollo, John and Boris
    The action of the Heavy Brigade and the more 'news worthy' Light Brigade are covered in the text as well as a great deal of information on uniforms, organization and other matters. Rarely seen contemporary illustrations, and Bryan Fosten's superb illustrations, make it a 'must read' book.
    Windrow & Greene Ltd., 1991
  • The Scramble for Africa

    Pakenham, Thomas
    Covers the European colonial expansion into Africa during the later part of the 19th Century. Well researched, full of colourful detail and lively narrative
    Abacus, 1992
  • The Boer War

    Pakenham, Thomas
    Another excellent and readable book from Pakenham. It covers most aspects of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War drawing heavily from 1st hand accounts, official papers and letters. Plenty of detail in the accounts of the actions as well as the political and diplomatic viewpoints.
    Abacus, 1992
  • Commando. A Boer Journal of the Boer War

    Reitz, Deneys
    Originally published 1929, this is a personal memoir of the 17 year old son of a Transvaal politician from Pretoria who rode with his compatriots into Natal in 1899 and fought the British for the duration. A must for anyone interested in the period from both sides.
    Faber and Faber, 1932
  • Crimea

    Royle Trevor
    The Great Crimean War 1854-1856
    Abacus, 2000
  • Chancellorsville, 1863

    Smith, Carl

    Osprey, 1998
  • The Immortal Warrior: Britain's First and Last Battleship

    Wells, Captain John
    Everything you need to know, and more, about Warrior. Informative detailed text superb illustrations. The book to read before and after a visit to the preserved leviathan.
    Kenneth Mason, 1987