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|1st April 2005||Invite.|
By Graham Mason
Dear Max Hastings ,
You may not be aware that on April 2/3rd a ZULU weekend will be held in the RE Museum in Chatham . I am convinced that should you appear a VERY warm reception will be found for you and i am sure the public will want to to hear your " tribute " to Lt Chard RE VC .
|1st April 2005||Glenn Wade|
Good idea Graham, I'll just load my sniper rifle....
Only kidding but his article was discraceful
|1st April 2005||John Young|
Should Max Hastings chance to drop by, not only would he get an earful from the R.E.'s. The article has also caused deep offence to members of a family who will be at Chatham is weekend and are rightly proud of their forebear who fought at Rorke's Drift. Their Royal Highnesses Prince V.A. Shange & Prince T.P. Mhlongo are none to please with the way their ancestor, Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande, has been portrayed in Sir Max's article, so much so I got a great lecture in family history the other day from Prince Shange.
I did want to extend my own invitation to Sir Max to come to Chatham, but I only crossed swords on air with another 'military historian', who shared his views, and was in my opinion equally well-informed as Sir Max!
|1st April 2005||MATTHEW STARK|
I READ THE ARTICLE BY MAX HASTINGS AND THOUGHT IT WAS TOTALLY WRONG. NO JUSTIFICATION FOR IT AT ALL.