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Greaves, Adrian 1943-

Overview
Works: 28 works in 88 publications in 1 language and 1,810 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Records and correspondence  Guidebooks  Military history  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Adrian Greaves
Crossing the Buffalo : the Zulu War of 1879 by Adrian Greaves( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is not only a complete history of the Zulus but also an account of the way the British won absolute rule in South Africa. In the early decades of the nineteenth century, Shaka Zulu established a nation in south-east Africa which was to become the most politically sophisticated and militarily powerful black nation in the entire area. Although the Zulus never had any quarrel with their British neighbours, the rulers of the Cape Colony could not conceive of them as anything but a threat. In 1879, under dubious pretences, the British finally crossed the Buffalo River, and embarked on a bloody war that was to rock the very foundations of the British Empire. The story is studded with tales of incredible heroism, drama and atrocity on both sides: the Battle of Isandlwana, where the Zulus inflicted on the British the worst defeat a modern army has ever suffered at the hands of men without guns; Rorke's Drift, where a handful of British troops beat off thousands of Zulu warriors and won a record 11 VCs; and Ulundi, where the Zulus were finally crushed in a battle that was to herald some of the most shameful episodes in British Colonial history. Comprehensive, vast in scope, and filled with original and up-to-date research, this is a book that is set to replace all standard works on the subject
Lawrence of Arabia : mirage of a desert war by Adrian Greaves( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T. E. Lawrence is one of the most enigmatic characters in British history. At the outbreak of the First World War he was a 26-year-old archaeologist working in the Middle East when he was sent as a junior intelligence officer to Cairo. He had no military training, and a strong distrust of politicians and senior officers alike. Yet he succeeded in a task where all these people had failed: not only did he unite the Arab nation - a nation at perpetual war with itself - but he also led them to a stunning victory against the occupying Turkish army. How he managed to achieve these incredible feats has fascinated and confounded historians ever since. The myths that have grown up around this remarkable man have been enhanced by the untruths Lawrence himself propagated. The truth is every bit as compelling as the fiction. He was far more ruthless than he portrayed himself, and the battles he fought were every bit as barbarous as those fought by his Turkish enemies. He was also strangely determined not to take credit for his achievements: when invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the King for a private investiture, possibly including the Victoria Cross and a knighthood, he refused the decorations leaving the embarrassed King holding the box. This biography separates the truth from all the fictions that surround this legendary man. It covers the actualities of the battles that Lawrence fought in greater detail than ever before, and also describes what happened to Lawrence immediately after the war
Rorke's Drift by Adrian Greaves( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On 22 January 1879 an army of 25,000 Zulus overwhelmed and destroyed the main British invading force at Isandlwana. They were utterly merciless: in less than two hours they had slaughtered and ritually disembowelled over 1,200 British troops. Before the blood on their spears had dried, a portion of them turned their attention on a small outpost guarding the hospital at Rorke's Drift with the intention of razing it entirely." "Lieutenant Chard, the junior officer in charge of the garrison, had only one hour to prepare before the bloodthirsty Zulu Army bore down upon him. Outnumbered by more than 45-1, Chard and his men were about to experience the most terrifying night of their lives. The epic battle they fought, standing firm against wave after wave of attack, won a record eleven Victoria Crosses, and has become a byword for bravery ever since." "Adrian Greaves' masterly account of this heroic battle is the first major reappraisal of Rorke's Drift for over 20 years. Armed with documentary and archaeological evidence, he brings to light many aspects of the battle that have previously been unavailable to the general reader. In particular, he highlights the less-than exemplary behaviour of the absent British commanders, who attempted to use the legend of Rorke's Drift to cover their own appalling mistakes."--BOOK JACKET
The Zulus at war : the history, rise, and fall of the tribe that washed its spears by Adrian Greaves( )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By tracing the long and turbulent history of the Zulus from their arrival in South Africa and the establishment of Zululand, The Zulus at War is an important and readable addition to this popular subject area. It describes the violent rise of King Shaka and his colorful successors, under whose leadership the warrior nation built a fearsome fighting reputation without equal among the native tribes of South Africa. It also examines the tactics and weapons employed during the numerous intertribal battles over this period and how the Zulus became victims of their own success in that their defeat of the Boers in 1877-1878 prompted the well-documented British intervention. Initially the might of the British empire was humbled as never before by the surprising Zulu victory at Isandlwana, but the 1879 war ended with the brutal crushing of the Zulu nation. But, as Dr. Adrian Greaves reveals, this was by no means the end of the story. The little-known consequences of the division of Zululand, the Boer War, and the 1906 Zulu rebellion are analyzed in fascinating detail. An added attraction for readers is that this long-awaited history is written not just by a leading authority but also, thanks to the coauthor's contribution, from the Zulu perspective, using much completely fresh material."--Dust jacket
Isandlwana by Adrian Greaves( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Zulu handed the British one of the biggest disasters in their colonial history. Ignoring orders to the contrary, Viscount Chelmsford led his troops into Zululand in 1879, establishing a camp at Islandlwana. But, while Chelmsford and about half his men were away trying to intercept a Zulu force, the camp was hit by a surprise attack. When the Viscount returned the next day, the area was strewn with bodies: of the 1600 troops, all but 55 Europeans and 300 natives had been killed. Armed with new information from recent excavation of the battle site, and important never-before-published documents, Adrian Greaves challenges all previous interpretations of the attack that proved once and for all that the British army was not invincible
Isandlwana : how the Zulus humbled the British empire by Adrian Greaves( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In re-constructing the dramatic and fateful events of 22 January 1879, the author draws on recently discovered letters, diaries, and papers of survivors and other contemporaries"--Jacket
David Rattray's guidebook to the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields by David Rattray( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

South African born and bred, David Rattray's name is today synonymous with the Anglo-Zulu War. Now for the first time, his encyclopaedic knowledge is available to the reading public. With its magnificent colour artwork, including superb paintings, detailed maps and lively and informative text, this book will be greatly welcomed by both readers at home and visitors to the sites themselves
The Curling letters of the Zulu War : 'there was an awful slaughter' by Henry Thomas Curling( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FORGOTTEN BATTLES of the ZULU WAR by Adrian Greaves( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adrian Greaves uses his exceptional knowledge of the Anglo-Zulu War to look beyond the two best known battles of Isandlwana and the iconic action at Rorkes Drift to other fiercely fought battles
The tribe that washed its spears : the Zulus at war by Adrian Greaves( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vast majority of books on the Zulus concentrate on their stunning victory at Isandlwana over the invading British Army and the tragedy of their subsequent defeat during the Anglo-Zulu Wars. By tracing the long and turbulent history of the Zulus from their arrival in South Africa, where they were not indigenous as were the Koi and San population, and the establishment of Zululand, The Tribe that Washed its Spears is an important and readable addition to this popular subject area. It describes the violent rise of King Shaka and his colourful successors under whose leadership the warrior nation built a fearsome fighting reputation without equal among the native tribes of South Africa. It also examines the tactics and weapons employed during the numerous inter-tribal battles over this period. They then became victims of their own success in that their defeat of the Boers in 1877 and 1878 in the Sekunini War prompted the well-documented British intervention. Initially the might of the British empire was humbled as never before by the shock Zulu victory at Isandlwana but the 1879 war ended with the brutal crushing of the Zulu Nation. But, as Dr Greaves reveals, this was by no means the end of the story. The little known consequences of the division of Zululand, the Boer War and the 1906 Zulu Rebellion are analysed in fascinating detail. An added attraction for readers is that this long awaited history is written not just by a much published leading authority but, thanks to the co-author's contribution, from the Zulu perspective using much completely fresh material. As reviewed in the 'Ashford Herald', 'Folkestone Herald' and 'Hythe Herald'
Redcoats and Zulus : thrilling tales from the 1879 war( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The who's who of the Anglo-Zulu War by Ian Knight( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redcoats and Zulus : selected essays from the Journal of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The last decade has seen growth in interest and awareness in the Anglo-Zulu War ... [due to increased] tourism to South Africa, the popularity of David Rattray's lectures and the work of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society ... Vital new evidence, [including previously] unseen diaries, personal accounts and correspondence, maps, diagrams [and] pictures, [has come to light] ... All the battles of the Zulu War are carefully considered from both sides. The best-known such as Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana come under special scrutiny following extensive archaeological surveys. Additional material and an expert examination of Lieut. Chard's 'official' post-battle report relating to Rorke's Drift indicate cover-ups were in vogue, even back in 1879"--Jacket
The who's who of the Anglo-Zulu War by Ian Knight( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mirage of a desert war by Adrian Greaves( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new biography of Lawrence of Arabia
Who's who in the Anglo Zulu War 1879 by Adrian Greaves( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The who's who of the Anglo-Zulu War by Ian Knight( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who's who of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879 by Adrian Greaves( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The curling diaries of the Zulu War : 'there was an awful slaughter'( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flight of colour by Adrian Greaves( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Crossing the Buffalo : the Zulu War of 1879
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Lawrence of Arabia : mirage of a desert warRorke's DriftIsandlwanaIsandlwana : how the Zulus humbled the British empireDavid Rattray's guidebook to the Anglo-Zulu War battlefieldsThe Curling letters of the Zulu War : 'there was an awful slaughter'Redcoats and Zulus : thrilling tales from the 1879 warThe who's who of the Anglo-Zulu War
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