Today in 1879 the Anglo-Zulu War began in what is today South Africa. The English suffered some early defeats, but eventually won the war, and sealed their control of much of South Africa. One of the battles in this war was the Battle of Rorke's Drift. This battle was the subject of a superb movie, Zulu. There is a quite transparent homage to the movie in a very good Alternative History series, written by S.M. Stirling. The battle appears in On the Oceans of Eternity the third and last book of the original series. He has since followed up the series with the Emberverse series that is currently six books long, and there will be at least one more.