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Custer and the Sioux, Durnford and the Zulus

Parallels in the American and British Defeats at the Little Bighorn (1876) and Isandlwana (1879)

Custer and the Sioux, Durnford and the Zulus by Paul Williams
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In June 1876 the 7th U.S. Cavalry was savagely defeated at the Little Bighorn in the Montana wilderness during an attempt to seize Sioux and Cheyenne hunting grounds. Three years later redcoats mirrored this utter disaster with an equally high-handed grab for Zulu lands in South Africa. Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer and Lieutenant Colonel Anthony W. Durnford had much in common, from modes of dress to the way they died. This book interweaves the stories of the two soldiers and their final battles, revealing how, to an astonishing degree, similar personalities, aims, tactics, weapons, stupidity and a gross underestimation of the powers of the native people led to calamitous defeat.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; August 2015
220 pages; ISBN 9781476620329
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Title: Custer and the Sioux, Durnford and the Zulus
Author: Paul Williams