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Zulu Victory: The Epic of Isandlwhana and the Cover-up

Zulu Victory: The Epic of Isandlwhana and the Cover-up
Autor: Ron Lock
Data publikacji: 2012.09
ISBN: 9781853675058
Wydawca: GREENHILL BOOKS
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 24.5 x 3.2 x 15.9 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 276
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A fascinating read beyond the scholarly debate about who won the battle. Sunday Times The battle of Isandlwana a great Zulu victory was one of the worst defeats ever to befall a British Army. At noon on 22 January 1879, a British camp, garrisoned by over 1700 troops, was attacked and overwhelmed by 20,000 Zulu warriors. The defeat of the British, armed with the most modern weaponry of the day, caused disbelief and outrage throughout Queen Victoria s England. The obvious culprit for the blunder was Lieutenant General Lord Chelmsford, the defeated commander. Appearing to respond to the outcry, he ordered a court of inquiry. But there followed a carefully conducted cover-up in which Chelmsford found a scapegoat in the dead most notably, in Colonel Anthony Durnford. Using source material ranging from the Royal Windsor Archives to the oral history passed down to the present Zulu inhabitants of Isandlwana, this gripping history exposes the full extent of the blunders of this famous battle and the scandal that followed. It also gives full credit to the masterful tactics of the 20,000 strong Zulu force and to Ntshingwayo kaMahole, for the way in which he comprehensively out-generalled Chelmsford. This is an illuminating account of one of the most embarrassing episodes in British military history and of a spectacular Zulu victory. The authors superbly weave the excitement of the battle, the British mistakes, the brilliant Zulu tactics and the shameful cover up into an exhilarating and tragic tale.

This is an important book in the genre of the Anglo-Zulu War. The authors - Ron Lock & Peter Quantrill - through meticulous research, have recreated the events surrounding the shocking military defeat suffered by the British army at Isandlwana on the 22nd of January, 1879, at the hands of the warriors of the Zulu king, Cetshwayo. The Zulu campaign was planned by Ntshingwayo - a superb commander - who out thought, and out fought the British commander, Lord Chelmsford. What is remarkable, the authors point out, is that the British were armed with modern weapons, such as breechloading rifles, machine guns, cannons and rocket batteries, whilst the Zulu warriors were armed with a short stabbing spear, and a cowhide shield. And yet, the Zulu commander - Ntshingwayo - knowing exactly what his warriors faced, nevertheless devised an efficient and ruthless military plan that saw Lord Chelmsford fatally split his force, and through the use of the Zulu formation of the 'horns of the buffolo', descended upon the British camp at Isandlwana, destroying it in around 2 hours of fighting, that saw the British force destroyed, (just 50 Europeans managed to flee to neighbouring Natal), and Chelmsford's military reputation in tatters.



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