The Zulu Army. Compiled from Information Obtained from The Most Reliable Sources,

Published by Lieutenant-General Lord Chelmsford for the information of those under his command. Written by Fred B. Fynney an interpreter for the Natal government in 1876-1877 and an administrator of native law and special border agent for the Lower Tugela Division in 1878-1879. During the war , he commanded the Border Police force in his district, Colonial Defence District No. VI. In this role he reported intelligence garnered on the border to military and civilian authorities. In the opinion of Rider Haggard, he was consequently the man who, in virtue of his long service on the Zulu border, “with the exceptions of the late Sir Theophilus Shepstone and the late Sir Melmoth Osborn, perhaps knew more of that land and people than anyone else of that period.” While on the border during the war, Fynney reported on events in his district , on minor fracas across the border, sent statements collected from Zulus as a means of gathering intelligence, and worked as a translator for the military and civilian authorities. He is reported to have known “Zulus and the Zulu language well.” Morris records that Fynney used his fluent Zulu to dabble in ethnology and that while he had his faults as a border agent…he had been collecting just such information for years as a hobby. While he was certainly one of the best qualified to prepare this publication in advance of the war, Fynney was not involved in combat at any stage, though he may have spoken to those who were, or read such reports as appeared in the press. Writing in November 1878, Fynney pointed out that the ‘introduction of firearms’ was likely to have wrought ‘great changes, both in movements and dress’, upon the ‘ordinary customs of the Zulu army.’ A somewhat different account, which minimised tactical innovation resulting from the adoption of firearms, is to be found in the April 1879 second edition of this work. A  rare and important publication – it is the handbook issued to British Staff officers on the eve of their invasion of Natal and the ensuing Zulu War in 1879. It gives a detailed picture of Zulu society, individual chieftains, military tactics, warriors’ dress and history ‘compiled from information obtained from the most reliable sources’. It includes a diagram of the famous Zulu attack formation, based on the horns of cattle, in which the enemy was enveloped on both wings by two horns, while the body of the ‘bull’ was held in reserve. The detailed intelligence that the British had built up on their potential enemy listed in this eye-opening little book is quite staggering. However, in the campaign that followed, much of that intelligence was not utilised thanks to the incompetent conduct of the campaign.


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Tijdens de O.~I. Compagnie

Discussion of the Dutch East India Company. Text in dutch, with numerous illustrations, in two volumes.

Price – $40.00 (ZAR-450.00)

Topography of Terror. Gestapo, SS and Reichssicherheitshauptamt on the “Prinz-Albrecht-Terrain” – A Documentation.

“During the preparations for the central historical exhibition mounted in the Martin-Gropius-Bau on the occasion of the 750 year celebration of the City of Berlin, attention was directed to a location which was an important part of Berlin’s history between 1933 and 1945. An area which had been in oblivion for too long. This was the location of the most dreaded institutions of terror during the Third Reich – the Gestapo administrative center of the SS-State.”

Price – $12.00 (ZAR-160.00)

Truck-Busters. 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing. Korea.

Its saga of the Korean conflict in the Far East. Each squadron of the 18th is mentioned with abundant black and white photographs. Of particular interest is the 2nd South African Air Force Squadron – The Flying Cheetahs – “the hardy air warriors from the Union of South Africa. Legendary figures for their courage, wit and comaraderies.”

Price – $100.00 (ZAR-800.00)

Twelve Years’ Military Adventure In Three Quarters of the Globe : Or, Memoirs of an Officer Who Served in the Armies of His Majesty and of the East India Company, Between the Years 1802 and 1814…

,… in Which are Contained the Campaigns of the Duke of Wellinton in India, and his last in Spain and the south of France.. In two volumes. Ex libris pasted to the front paste down of each volume. Inscribed note pasted to the ffep of volume 2. Leaves are generally moderately foxed. Binding shows general wear and some damage along the hinges.

V M Golovnin Detailed in Simon’s Bay.

The story of the detention of the Imperial Russian Sloop ‘Diana’ from April 1808 to May 1809. Translated from the Russian by Mrs Lisa Millner and edited by O H Spohr. Blue cloth spine. Slight foxing to front card wrap.

Price – $12.00 (ZAR-120.00)

Viet Nam in Flames

Photobook by Nguyen Manh Danh and Nguyen Ngoc Hanh, featuring images of the Vietnam War from the South Vietnamese perspective. With text by Pham van Son, translated into English by Tran Nha. Some minor small abrasions to front board. Browning and light foxing to front and rear prelims. Yellowing to page edges. Circa 1970s.

Price – $300.00 (ZAR-3800.00)

War at Sea

South African Maritime Operations during World War II – black and white illustrations throughout.

Price – $28.00 (ZAR-280.00)

War at Sea – South African Maritime Operations during WWII

‘Largely anecdotal narrative’. A proud record of loss and achievement during the war. Clean sound copy.

Price – $32.00 (ZAR-300.00)

War Beneath the Sea. Submarine Conflict 1939-1945

Grey boards with minor edgewear. Previous owner’s name inscribed on first free page. 2cm closed tear and minor edge wear to DW with some tanning to edges. Foxing to top edges of pages as well as age-toning. Contents clear and well bound.

Price – $14.00 (ZAR-140.00)

War in Africa.

The author covered most of these skirmishes in Africa during the time he spent reporting on the political and military scene in Africa. “The first of its kind ever produced: a first-hand insight into the black fighting man.” Liberally illustrated with b/w photographs.

Price – $22.00 (ZAR-320.00)

With Sword and Statute. (On the Cape of Good Hope Frontier.)

Recollections of a mounted officer on the Cape of Good Hope frontier, who came to South Africa as a young boy. He served in most frontier wars and expeditions and was acting chief magistrate in Griqualand East at various times and resident magistrate in Herschel during the Boer war. 147 pages. Illus. with black/white photos and line drawings.




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With Sword and Statute. (On the Cape of Good Hope Frontier)

Republished with additions and further photos. Missing the plate “Mistaken for a Boer” at pg327 and “Palmietfontein Politicians” at pg432. Previous owner’s details on verso of frontispiece. New end papers. Spine has been rebacked. Varied foxing throughout. Pink blemish to top area of prelims.

Price – $420.00 (ZAR-6000.00)

With the 2nd Cape Corps thro’ Central Africa

With the 2nd Cape Corps

With the 2nd Cape Corps

Yangtze Patrol: The U.S. Navy in China

Past owner’s name and date in ink on front fep. Top fore edges of pages slightly marked. Back panel of dw slightly scuffed, spine faded. DW now in plastic cover.

Zeitschrift des Vereines für hamburgische Geschichte.Neue Folge, Funster Band, Uchter Band.

Text in the gothic script. Paginated 421 – 666. With 8 lithographic plates to the rear.

Price – $75.00 (ZAR-650.00)