New ed., 1999. 282 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Unlike its British counterpart, the Zulu army was not a professional force and yet it inflicted a crushing defeat on British imperial forces at Isandlwana in 1879. 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, the author focuses in detail on the structure and condition of the Zulu army during the war of 1879. This indispensable book describes such key topics as enlistment, organisation, training and equipment. It 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, the author reveals how the Zulu army functioned in wartime, from preparatory rituals to battlefield tactics, and the shock of battle itself. A ground-breaking study of the Zulu army. (Published @ '25.00).