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The battle of Isandlwana fought on 22 January 1879 was the greatest defeat suffered by the British Army during the Victorian era. 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.
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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

About the Author

Ian Knight is one of the most respected English-language writers on the history of the Zulus and of the 1879 war. He has written more than 20 books on the subject and has made numerous television appearances including the Discovery Channel and Channel 4. He was the resident historian for the 2000 dig on the site of the battle of Isandlwana and consultant to the National Army Museum for their 'British Army in South Africa' exhibition.

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