The undoing of Chelmsford revealed

The Anglo-Zulu War — Isandlwana The revelation of a Disaster. “A little war in Zululand would lead to its consolidation within the British Empire” is the heading author Ron Lock has chosen for the first chapter of a remarkable new book on the famous and destructive battle of Isandlwana in 1879. Remarkable, because it sheds new light on who it was that systematically plotted the destruction of the Zulu kingdom, and chronicles how Lord Chelmsford, a favourite of Queen Victoria, was outwitted and defeated by Zulu commander Ntshingwayo kaMahole. Although Lock identifies the author of the chosen quotation as Lord Kimberly, colonial secretary, it is not revealed to whom it was addressed. More about that later. The “little war in Zululand” started with a bang on January 22, 1879, after the invading British had crossed into Zululand at Rorke’s Drift on January 11. Battle of Isandlwana on January 22, 1879. Chelmsford had arrogantly predicted that the invasion of Zululand would be a “walk over”. By mid-afternoon on January 22, Ntshingwayo’s army had overrun the British camp, killed 1 300 invaders and was in possession of a vast amount of equipage. This included 1 000 breach-loading Martini-Henry rifles, two tons […]

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