Wednesday 25th May 2022
St John’s Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, SP2 9NP
In 1879, with Britain at the height of her imperial power, Lord Chelmsford’s three columns marched into Zululand on a punitive expedition to teach the Zulu King Cetshwayo a lesson. Two equally professional armies with totally different fighting traditions and weapons met and fought with startling results. At Isandlwana the Zulus inflicted the most humiliating defeat of the Victorian era on the over-confident British battalions. Ian Knight tells us how and why.
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Ian Knight is a writer and historian internationally regarded as a leading authority on the nineteenth-century history of the Zulu kingdom, and in particular the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 with more than 40 published books to his name. He has appeared on-screen in a number of television documentaries.