The Battle of Isandlwana (alternative spelling: Isandhlwana) on 22 January 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo–Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. Eleven days after the British commenced their invasion of Zululand in South Africa, a Zulu force of some 20,000 warriors attacked a portion of the British main column consisting of about 1,800 British, colonial and native troops and perhaps 400 civilians.

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  • The Battle of Isandlwana (alternative spelling: Isandhlwana) on 22 January 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo–Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. Eleven days after the British commenced their invasion of Zululand in South Africa, a Zulu force of some 20,000 warriors attacked a portion of the British main column consisting of about 1,800 British, colonial and native troops and perhaps 400 civilians. The Zulus were equipped mainly with the traditional assegai iron spears and cow-hide shields, but also had a number of muskets and old rifles though they were not formally trained in their use. The British and colonial troops were armed with the state-of-the-art Martini-Henry breech-loading rifle and two 7-pounder (3-inch, 76 mm) mountain guns deployed as field guns, as well as a 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. The Zulu army suffered around a thousand killed.The battle was a decisive victory for the Zulus and caused the defeat of the first British invasion of Zululand. The British Army had suffered its worst defeat against an indigenous technologically vastly inferior foe. Isandlwana resulted in the British taking a much more aggressive approach in the Anglo–Zulu War, leading to a heavily reinforced second invasion and the destruction of King Cetshwayo's hopes of a negotiated peace. (en)
  • The Battle of Isandlwana (alternative spelling: Isandhlwana) on 22 January 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo–Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. Eleven days after the British commenced their invasion of Zululand in South Africa, a Zulu force of some 20,000 warriors attacked a portion of the British main column consisting of about 1,800 British, colonial and native troops and perhaps 400 civilians. The Zulus were equipped mainly with the traditional assegai iron spears and cow-hide shields, but also had a number of muskets and old rifles though they were not formally trained in their use. The British and colonial troops were armed with the modern Martini-Henry breech-loading rifle and two 7-pounder (3-inch, 76 mm) 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. The Zulu army suffered anywhere from 1000 to 2,500 killedThe battle was a decisive victory for the Zulus and caused the defeat of the first British invasion of Zululand. The British Army had suffered its worst defeat against an indigenous foe with vastly inferior military technology. Isandlwana resulted in the British taking a much more aggressive approach in the Anglo–Zulu War, leading to a heavily reinforced second invasion and the destruction of King Cetshwayo's hopes of a negotiated peace. (en)
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  • 133 European Colonial troops
  • 2 artillery pieces captured
  • 343 African Natal Native Contingent
  • 471 others including:
  • 52 officers
  • 727 British regulars
  • Over 1,300 killed:
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  • Zulu Kingdom
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  • Decisive Zulu victory
  • Zulu victory
  • Zulu victory, Zulu Loin column launches failed raid on Rorke's Drift
  • Effective end of 1st British Invasion of Zulu-land
  • Zulu reserve launches impromptu raid at Rorke’s Drift
  • British launch 2nd, larger invasion of Zulu-land
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  • 1,837 men total.
  • 4,000 to 5,000 toRorke's Drift
  • In addition to the troops above, an indeterminate number of civilians (wagon drivers, servants, etc.) were also present.
  • British: 14
  • British: 734
  • No.2 Column:
  • No.3 Column:
  • Reserve:
  • ZuluImpi:
  • about 20,000
  • Native + colonial: c. 511
  • Native + colonial: c. 578
  • c. 10,000 to 15,000 engaged
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  • A depiction of Lt's Melvill and Coghill fleeing the Battle of Isandlwana with the Queen's Colour, taken from the Illustrated London News. (en)
  • British cavalry engaging Zulu warriors at Isandlwana (en)
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  • Over 1,300 killed: (en)
  • Approx. 1,000–2,500 killed (en)
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  • Battle of Isandlwana (en)
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  • Location of Isandlwana in present-day South Africa (en)
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  • Decisive Zulu victory (en)
  • Zulu victory (en)
  • Zulu victory, Zulu Loin column launches failed raid on Rorke's Drift (en)
  • Zulu reserve launches impromptu raid at Rorke’s Drift (en)
  • British launch 2nd, larger invasion of Zulu-land (en)
  • Effective end of 1st British Invasion of Zulu-land (en)
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  • about 20,000 (en)
  • British: 14 (en)
  • British: 734 (en)
  • In addition to the troops above, an indeterminate number of civilians were also present. (en)
  • No.2 Column: (en)
  • No.3 Column: (en)
  • Reserve: (en)
  • Zulu Impi: (en)
  • Native + colonial: c. 511 (en)
  • Native + colonial: c. 578 (en)
  • c. 10,000 to 15,000 engaged (en)
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