Isandlwana 1879

Isandlwana 1879

The great Zulu victory

Campaign 111
  • Author: Ian Knight
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: CAM 111
  • Publication Date: 18 Sep 2002
  • ISBN: 9781841765112
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

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.

Biographical Note

Ian Knight is widely regarded as a leading international expert on the Anglo-Zulu War. He has written, co-written or edited over 30 books, including several in the Osprey Men-at-Arms, Elite, Warrior and Campaign series. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the Natal Museum and Vice President of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society. In 2000 he was the historian advising the Glasgow University team who made the first archaeological survey of the Isandlwana battlefield. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specialises in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, the American Civil War and the American Revolution. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

Contents

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

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