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British Infantryman vs Zulu Warrior

by Ian Knight

Part of the Combat Series

British Infantryman vs Zulu Warrior Synopsis

The short but savage Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 pitched well-equipped but complacent British soldiers into combat with the Zulu, one of history's finest fighting forces. The clashes between these two different armies prompted tactical innovation on both sides, as the British and their Zulu opponents sought to find the optimal combination of mobility, protection and firepower. This engrossing study traces the changing face of infantry combat in the Anglo-Zulu War. Three major engagements are detailed: the Zulu ambush at Nyezane, repulsed by the British using their established tactics; the shocking defeat and massacre of outmanoeuvred British forces in savage close-quarter fighting at iSandlwana; and the British victory at Khambula following their adoption of more condensed firing lines and prepared positions.

British Infantryman vs Zulu Warrior Press Reviews

This is the third book in the new Combat series from Osprey which looks at soldiers who faced each other in battle. The book compares the fighting styles and tactics of the British and Zulus in three very different battles -- Nyezane (22 January 1879), iSandlwana (22 January 1879), and Khambula (29 March 1879). Accounts from combatants on both sides are included. Besides the period black and white photos and artwork, there are color maps, color photos of the battlefields as they appear today, and weapons carried by British troops and Zulus. Illustrator Peter Dennis has done some excellent panoramic paintings of the battles as well as full-page illustrations of both a British infantryman and a typical Zulu warrior. --IPMS/USA

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782003656
Publication date: 7th October 2013
Author: Ian Knight
Publisher: Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 80 pages
Categories: Military history, African history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About Ian Knight

Ian Knight is 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 studied Afro-Caribbean Studies at Kent University, and is an Honorary Research Associate of the Natal Museum and Vice President of the Anglo Zulu War Historical Society. He has also contributed to a number of television documentaries on the war. In 2000 he was the Historian advising the Glasgow University team who made the first archaeological survey of the Isandlwana battlefield.

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