Isandlwana: The First Time the British Met the Zulus in Combat

The Battle of Isandlwana, fought on January 22, 1879, marked the first encounter between the British and Zulu forces during the Anglo-Zulu War. The battle took place in the rugged terrain of Isandlwana, South Africa, where a small British force of approximately 1,800 soldiers, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Pulleine, faced a massive Zulu army estimated to number over 20,000 warriors. Despite their technological advantages, the British were caught off guard by the Zulu's superior tactics and overwhelming numbers, resulting in a crushing defeat for the British. The battle remains a significant event in British military history, highlighting the challenges of imperial expansion and the resilience of indigenous African armies in the face of European colonization.