Zulu: Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift 22nd-23rd January 1879

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This is an account of one of the most dramatic episodes in 19th century military history, which continues to exert a unique fascination. On 22nd January 1879 the British military camp at Isandlwana, South Africa, was annihilated by about 20,000 Zulu warriors. Some 1200 troops died under the Zulu spears, half of them British regular infantry of the 24th Foot armed with modern breech-loading rifles. This battle was partly redeemed that evening at the tiny hospital and supply post of Rorke's Drift, successfully held in hand-to-hand fighting against thousands of Zulus by some 140 defenders, only 80 of them able-bodied redcoats.

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Contents

Africans and Colonials
7
CHAPTER TWO
18
CHAPTER THREE
28
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Ian Knight is regarded as a leading authority on the history of the nineteenth-century Zulu kingdom and the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War, and is the author of "Brave Men's Blood,"

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