Isandlwana 1879

The great Zulu victory

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Isandlwana 1879

The great Zulu victory

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Osprey's study of the battle of Isandlwana, which was fought on 22 January 1879 and was the greatest defeat suffered by the British Army during the Zulu War (1879). A Zulu army of 24,000 warriors had moved undetected to within striking distance of the British camp in the shadow of Isandlwana Mountain. From the start the 1,700 defenders underestimated the danger descending upon them. They were swept aside with horrifying speed and the final stage of the battle consisted of desperate hand-to-hand fighting amid the British camp. Over 1,300 men were killed; scarcely 60 Europeans survived. Ian Knight employs new archaeological and historical research to provide a completely new interpretation of the course of the battle.

Table of Contents

The Origins of the Anglo-Zulu War/Chronology/The Opposing Commanders/Opposing Forces/Opposing Plans/Preliminary Operations/The Battle of Isandlwana/Immediate Aftermath/The Strategic Consequences of The Battlefields today/Further Reading/Index

Product details

Published Sep 18 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841765112
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 73 b/w; 37 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 111
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Ian Knight

Ian Knight is widely acknowledged as a leading aut…


Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…


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