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22 January 1879

858 britiske soldater og 471 afrikanske allierte ble drept av zulukrigere i slaget ved Isandlwana i nåværende Sør-Afrika. Slaget ved Isandlwana var den første store trefningen under zulukrigen mellom Zuluriket og Det britiske imperiet. En... Read more ...

22 January 1879

Slaget ved Isandlwana
858 britiske soldater og 471 afrikanske allierte ble drept av zulukrigere i slaget ved Isandlwana i nåværende Sør-Afrika. Slaget ved Isandlwana var den første store trefningen under zulukrigen mellom Zuluriket og Det britiske imperiet. En zulustyrke bestående av rundt 20 000 mann, for det meste utstyrt med spyd og skjold, men også noen gamle munnladningsgeværer, utslettet en kombinert britisk-afrikansk styrke, utstyrt med moderne Martini-Henry-geværer og artilleri. Bare omtrent 50 europeere kom seg unna, sammen med noen hundre afrikanere.

Under slaget dannet zulukrigerne en linje på over 3 kilometer med ca. en meters avstand mellom hver mann. Den velorganiserte og disiplinerte slagformasjonen zuluene brukte kan minne om hornene på en bøffel; massiv i front med to horn på begge sider som lukket seg om fienden. De som var i front gikk hardt på, mens krigerne på begge flankene snek seg sakte innpå fienden.

Slaget ved Isandlawna var britenes verste nederlag i en kolonikrig mot innfødte styrker. Nederlaget førte til at britene kom til å føre en mer aggressiv politikk i zulukrigen, og ødela kong Cetshwayo kaMpandes håp om fredsforhandlinger.



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