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Isandlwana

British

  • Overall commander:
    Lt. Gen. Lord Chelmsford
  • Subordinate commanders:
    Bvt. Lt-Col. Henry Pulleine  
  • Stats:
    Over 1,300 killed:
    52 officers, 727 British regulars, 471 others including:
    133 European Colonial troops and 343 African NNC
    plus 2 cannons captured
  • In a fire fight that lasted nearly 12 hours and continued into the next day, some 120 British troops shot down more than 500 Zulu fighters


Zulu

  • Overall commander:
    Ntshingwayo kaMahole Khoza
  • Subordinate commanders:
    Vumindaba kaNthati, Mavumengwana kaMdlela, Zibhebhu kaMapitha
  • Stats:
    1,000 killed
    2,000 wounded
  • A large Zulu force of more than 20,000, commanded by Ntshingwayo kaMahole Khoza and Mavumengwana kaNdlela Ntuli, attacked and massacred the British force of fewer than 2,000 at Isandlwana before Chelmsford’s men returned


The Battle of Isandlwana commenced on the 22 January 1897. This was the first encounter in the Anglo-Zulu war and after 11 days, the British were defeated by the Zulus.  The Zulu army consisting of 20,000 warriors attacked the British main Column which consisted of around 1,800 troops and around 400 civilians.

The Zulus were mainly equipped with traditional weapons such as assegai iron spears, iklwa, cow-hide shields as well as a small number of muskets and old rifles. The British were armed with state of the art equipment such as the Martini-Henry breech-loading rifle, two 7 pounder artillery pieces and rocket battery. Despite the fact that the British had an advantage with their advanced equipment, they were well outnumbered by the Zulus and poorly led which resulted in over 1,300 troops being killed. The Zulu army suffered the loss of around 1000 in the battle.

This was one of the worst battles for the British as they lost against a technologically inferior force. This was a crushing victory for the Zulu army as they had won the first battle of the Zulu invasion. But the loss resulted in the British taking on a much more aggressive approach in the war. Their new and heavily reinforced approach led to the destruction of King Cetshwayo's attempt at negotiating peace.

The Zulu Army was commanded by Ntshingwayo kaMahole Khozalo and Mavumengwana kaNdlela Ntuli. While Lt. Gen. Lord Chelmsford was out in the field seeking them, the Zulu Army had outmanoeuvred him and moved behind Lord Chelmsford Army with intention of attacking. The attack developed into the traditional formation which is in the shape of a buffalo’s chest and left and right horns with the potential of encircling the British army.

The Queens colour of the 1/24th was saved by Lieutenant Melvill and Lieutenant Coghill but it was then lost as they crossed the drift. Both of these Lieutenants would go onto win posthumous Victoria Crosses in 1907.

Out of all the survivors, only 5 imperial officers lived. 240 out of 249 of the amaChunu African auxiliaries were killed in action. It is said that members of the amaChunu African auxiliaries that were captured by the Zulus and executed as they regarded them as traitors.

 

 

 

 

About the weapons used in the battle

 

Sites ands Museums

 

 

 


 


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