The Battle of Isandlwana
The British invasion of Zululand in 1879 was marked by one of the greatest military disasters ever suffered by a modern British army at the hands of "a bunch of savages". As there were very few British survivors of the battle and the Zulus left no written account of their actions at that time, the details of what happened at Isandlwana are largely unknown.
This account of the battle of Isandlwana comes from the oral tradition handed down by the Zulus who fought there and from the writings of soldiers, journalists and others who followed the British campaign in Zululand. All this has been combined with David Rattray's personal observations to present a fascinating account of this dramatic event.