January 2009 Mailbag
Zulu Great Warriors
In the Sept. 2008 issue of ACG on the Zulus [Great Warriors], it states: "Of all of history’s Great Warriors, none has surpassed the Zulus." Give me a break. Do the editors of ACG own a Time Machine? Think of the Greeks, especially the Spartans. Think of the Roman Legions at their prime. The men of the Foreign Legion, the U.S. Marines, the Prussians. At Isandlwana the Zulus overwhelmed the British by the thousands. At Rorke’s Drift a little over l00 British soldiers, some of them sick, held off over 4,000 Zulus.
I take nothing away from the Zulus’ fighting skills. But to say they were the best warriors in all of history is a huge assumption, very politically correct, and impossible to prove. So many history publications these days are trying their best to put non-white fighters in a very favorable light. And that doesn’t make for good history reporting whether one is white, black, red, brown or green.
Tom R. Kovach, MN
Fighting Words Quote
On page 16, "Dispatches – Fighting Words" of the Sep 08 issue the first quotation is wrong. Besides being garbled, the statement was originally made by Gen. Baron Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord in the early 1930s when he was Commander-in-Chief of the Reichswehr. He has been correctly quoted since then. Look it up. One of your advisory board members certainly knows. And your "editorial staff" should know. Incorrect attributions detract from your publication, among other things.
Regards, J T Morgan
Thanks very much for your email regarding the Fighting Words quote in the September 2008 issue. We appreciate you taking the time to set the record straight on this quote.