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The Battle of Isandlwana was a decisive victory for the Zulus and caused the defeat of the first British invasion of Zululand. The British and colonial troops were armed with the modern Martini-Henry breech-loading rifle and two 7-pounder mountain guns deployed as field guns, as well as a Hale rocket battery. Despite a vast disadvantage in weapons technology,the numerically superior Zulus ultimately overwhelmed the poorly led and badly deployed British, killing over 1,300 troops, including all those out on the forward firing line. This is a good concise account from the “Battle Story” series.

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