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Battle Story 2
Isandlwana 1879
By (author): Edmund Yorke
9781459734142 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / General Republic of South Africa Jan 23, 2016
$14.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 1 in | 140 gr 160 pages 50 B&W illustrations Dundurn
The first major encounter between the British Army and Zulu Kingdom, and one of Britain’s greatest military disasters.

On January 22, 1879, a 20,000-strong Zulu army attacked 1,700 British and colonial forces. The engagement saw primitive weapons of spears and shields clashing with the latest military technology. However, despite being poorly equipped, the numerically superior Zulu force crushed the British troops, killing 1,300 men, while only losing 1,000 of their own warriors. It was a humiliating defeat for the British Army, which had been poorly trained and which had underestimated its enemy.

The defeat ensured that the British had a renewed respect for their opponents and changed their tactics; rather than fighting in a straight, linear formation, known as the Thin Red Line, they adopted an entrenched system or close order formations.

The defeat caused much consternation throughout the British Empire, which had assumed that the Zulu were no match for the British Army; thus, the army was greatly reinforced and went on to victory at Rorke’s Drift. Isandlwana puts you at the forefront of the action.

  • A best-selling series in the U.K., Battle Stories presents detailed profiles of the great battles that shaped modern history
  • Dramatic illustrations, maps, and profiles of the battle's key figures
  • Packed with fact boxes, this short introduction is the perfect was to explore these major battles
  • Written by leading experts in world military history

Edmund Yorke is senior lecturer in Defense Studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and has written and researched extensively on the Zulu War. He was the historical consultant for the History Channel/Discovery Channel television documentary on Rorke’s Drift.

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