A very rare and important publication – this is the handbook issued to British Staff officers on the eve of their invasion of Natal and the ensuing Zulu War in 1879. It gives a detailed picture of Zulu society, individual chieftains, military tactics, warriors’ dress and history ‘compiled from information obtained from the most reliable sources’. It includes a diagram of the famous Zulu attack formation, based on the horns of cattle, in which the enemy was enveloped on both wings by two horns, while the body of the ‘bull’ was held in reserve. The detailed intelligence that the British had built up on their potential enemy listed in this eye-opening little book is quite staggering. However, in the campaign that followed, much of that intelligence was not utilised thanks to the incompetent conduct of the campaign.
ZULU ARMY AND ZULU HEADMEN
Published in association with The National Army Museum London, this extraordinary little book is the handbook issued to British staff officers on the eve of the 1879 Zulu War. It gives a detailed portrait of Zulu society, military tactics, dress and leadership. Utterly fascinating.