The forces of the independent Zulu kingdom inflicted a crushing defeat on British imperial forces at Isandlwana in January 1879. The Zulu army was not, however, a professional force, unlike its British counterpart, but was the mobilised manpower of the Zulu state. In this ground-breaking study, Ian Knight details just how the Zulu army functioned and ties its role firmly to the broader context of Zulu society and culture. After surveying the Zulu army from its creation during the wars of Shaka in the early nineteenth century, and the subsequent development of Zulu fighting methods, Ian Knight focuses in detail on the structure and condition of the Zulu army on the eve of the war in 1879. This indispensable book describes such key topics as enlistment, organisation, training and equipment. He also considers Zulu war aims and strategy, their view of artillery and cavalry, and how they were perceived by their colonial neighbours. Most of all, he reveals how the Zulu army functioned in wartime, from preparatory rituals to battlefield tactics, and the shock of battle itself.
Napoleon wrote “Cavalry is useful before, during and after the battle”; and so it was with his final campaign of Waterloo. Few campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars are as instructive as to the use (and mis-use) of cavalry; from the lethal French cavalry at Quatre Bras, to the initially brilliant, but ultimately badly executed, British heavies charging at Waterloo itself. Sir Evelyn Wood himself had served in the cavalry for many years and wrote extensively on the subject, his expertise brought to bear on illuminating the cavalry actions of the short but epoch shaping Waterloo Campaign. Field Marshal Wood was a man of enormous military experience, having fought with distinction in the Crimea, India, the Zulu and Boer wars. It was during the Indian Mutiny that he was awarded a Victoria Cross for selflessly leading his troop of cavalry against rebel forces and rescuing a local merchant from being hung by bandits. Title – Cavalry in the Waterloo Campaign Author — Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood, V.C. G.C.B. (1838-1919) Text taken, whole and complete, from the second edition published in 1895, London, Sampson Low, Marston and Company Original – x and 203 pages. Illustrations — 10 maps, plans and illustrations.
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