The Battle of Isandlwana was a glorious victory for the People’s Army of the Zulu kingdom and probably the most humiliating defeat of the British Army ever. Fought on 22 January 1879 during the Anglo Zulu war, the British camp was depleted after part of the army had gone off in the wrong direction to seek out the Zulu forces under the command of Lord Chelmsford. The Zulus were camped behind the hills to the right of this picture. Armed with only sticks and assegais they used the “Horns of the Buffalo” tactic to outflank the British with their Martini-Henry rifles, on both sides.
I post this series as a tribute to the late David Rattray, world famous historian,raconteur and humanitarian, who would sit half way up this mountain in his fold up chair with his back to the battlefield, and enthrall his guests in such a manner that they could almost see the Zulu impi emerge over the top of the hills across the valley.