The Battle of Isandhlwana (aka Isandhlwana or Isandula) will rank as one of the most humiliating defeats suffered by an Imperial British Army in the annals of the British Empire. 52 Officers and 802 NCO’s and other ranks and a large number of the so-called “Natal Native Contingent”. were lost in a battle which pitted Zulu warriors against disciplined troops. Outnumbered and literally outgeneralled, the British were beaten at their own game in what was to become an important turning point in the colonial past of South Africa. Today the area around the battlefield is filled with the graves of those who were lost. Interestingly enough, recognition is finally being given to the bravery and leadership of the Zulu army and of its warriors. The photographs on this page are courtesy of Tony Wood.
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