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Battle of Isandlwana 1879

Listed under Battlefields in Kwazulu, South Africa.

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First engagement of the Anglo-Zulu Wars; a catastrophic defeat for the British

A much smaller British force assumed that they would easily defeat a much larger but less well equipped Zulu army led by King Cetshwayo. Errors in tactics turned this into a mass slaughter – only 50 of 1500 British troops survived, and the battle hardened British imperial policy. Stunning battlefield in the distinctive shadow of Isandlwana Hill, littered with cairns to show the location of the British dead, and the scale of the slaughter.

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Details of the battle questioned

I have heard that a book has been written questioning many of the details of the battle. Do you have any information who the author/s are?

Eclipse of the sun?

Some accounts of the battle report that there was an eclipse of the sun at 14h29 on 22 January 1879, and that this was on of the causes of the Native Regiment breaking formation. Is this true? Were can it be confirmed?

Battle at Islandwana

Very poignant battlefield with British graves scattered over the hillside. Again infrequent tourists which is great way to see a tourist site. Brits battle plan was faulty and even though they had superior arms managed to lose.

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