Voices From the Zulu War

Campaigning Through the Eyes of the British Soldier, 1879

Ian Kinght

The forces of the independent Zulu kingdom inflicted a crushing defeat on British imperial forces at Isandlwana in January 1879. In this groundbreaking study, Ian Knight details just how the Zulu army functioned and ties its role firmly to the broader context of Zulu society and culture.
Date Published :
July 2011
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
8 pages plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781848325906
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$32.95

Overview
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The forces of the independent Zulu kingdom inflicted a crushing defeat on British imperial forces at Isandlwana in January 1879. The Zulu army was not, however, a professional force, unlike its British counterpart, but was the mobilized manpower of the Zulu state. In this groundbreaking study, Ian Knight details just how the Zulu army functioned and ties its role firmly to the broader context of Zulu society and culture.

After surveying the Zulu army from its creation during the wars of Shaka in the early nineteenth century, and the subsequent development of Zulu fighting methods, Ian Knight focuses in detail on the structure and condition of the Zulu army on the eve of the war in 1879. This indispensable book describes such key topics as enlistment, organization, training and equipment. He also considers Zulu war aims and strategy, their view of artillery and cavalry, and how they were perceived by their colonial neighbors. Most of all, he reveals how the Zulu army functioned in wartime, from preparatory rituals to battlefield tactics, and the shock of battle itself.

About The Author
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Ian Knight is internationally acknowledged as the leading author on Zulu history and the Anglo-Zulu War.

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