ZULU: DEATH AND REDEMPTION IN THE AFRICAN SUN | The Deadliest Blogger: Military History Page

On 11 January 1879, a British Army crossed the Buffalo River, the boundary between the British Natal province and the independent native African kingdom of the Zulus. After the refusal by the Zulu king Cetshwayo of an insulting British ultimatum, a British army prepared to march on the Zulu capital, Ulindi; with the goal of defeating and annexing the Zulu kingdom.

The Zulu War of 1879 was not officially sanctioned by the government of British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. It was instead the work of an ambitious colonial official, Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, High Commissioner for Southern Africa. In an effort to compel the various states of South Africa into a British confederation (which would be comprised of British-run Cape Colony and Natal, the Boer republics: the Transvaal and the Orange Free State), Frere had initiated a policy of annexation of local…

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3 thoughts on “ZULU: DEATH AND REDEMPTION IN THE AFRICAN SUN | The Deadliest Blogger: Military History Page

  1. A detailed and enjoyable account of two battles forever fixed in the mind of someone like myself. I have read a great deal about both of these, and they were also well-covered by the films ‘Zulu’, and the later prequel, ‘Zulu Dawn.’ For those interested in the militaristic background of the Zulus, I would also recommend the mini-series ‘Shaka Zulu’, (1986) a biopic of the man who forged their nation by cruelty and conquest.
    Chelmsford typified the incompetence and arrogance of many Victorian commanders. Unfortunately, his like led the army into the Great War, in 1914, and continued in the same hopeless fashion.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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