Lessons in war­fare

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

IN his re­cent col­umn, Duma Pewa ( Week­end Wit­ness, April 30) claims that the Zulu taught the Bri­tish a les­son in war­fare at Isan­dl­wana. The only rea­son they lost that battle was be­cause they were caught un­awares, out in the open, and were over­whelmed by sheer num­bers. This was a mis­take they did not re­peat at the battle of Rorke’s Drift, where the Zulu army’s nose was blood­ied, and fol­lowed up at Ulundi, where its back was bro­ken. But this is never men­tioned, as there ap­pears to be col­lec­tive am­ne­sia among the Zulu re­gard­ing these two episodes. J. M. KIRBY


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