Anglo-Zulu War

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Anglo-Zulu War
Overview
Part of
Date January 11, 1879-September 1, 1879
Location Zulu Kingdom
Combatants
United Kingdom Zulu Kingdom
Commanders
Lord Chelmsford Cetshwayo kaMpande
Strength
16.000 fighters (First Wave)
21.000 fighters (Second Wave)
35.000-50.000 fighters
Casualties
1.727 deaths ca. 10.000 deaths


The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu kingdom. The war began when the British invaded Zulu territory. At Isandlwana, Zulu warriors , armed only with spears, shields and similar weapons, defeated the British Army, which was armed with rifles and cannons. The Zulus won smaller victories at Intombe and Hlobane. Despite these victories the British eventually won the war by using Gatling Guns and modern field guns which caused massive casualties to the Zulus. The British were shocked by the bravery and strength of the Zulu warriors.

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