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Battle Story: Isandlwana, 1879

History Press, August 2011
Hardcover, 160 pages
20cm × 13cm × 2cm

On 22 January 1879 a 20,000-strong Zulu army attacked 1,700 British and colonial forces. This engagement at Isandlwana remains one of the most overwhelming defeats in British military history. To understand what happened and why - read Battle Story. Key profiles explore why the British imperial army, superior in equipment, were defeated by the poorly equipped Zulu troops A wealth of rare accounts and quotes reveal the true tragedy of the battlefield Illustrations detail the equipment of both sides, the terrain and the men who fought against each other Orders of Battle detail the composition of the opposing forces' armies Packed with fact boxes, this short introduction is the perfect way to start exploring this legendary battle