The Zulu Kings and Their Armies (Paperback)
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Covering nearly one hundred years of Zulu military history, this book focuses on the creation, maintenance, development, tactics and ultimate destruction of the Zulu army. It studies the armies, weapons and tactics under the rule of the five Zulu kings from Shaka to Dinizulu.
The rule of each of the five kings is examined in terms of their relationships with the army and how they raised regiments to expand their influence in the region. All the major battles and campaigns are discussed with reference to the development of the weapons and tactics of the army. Internal regimental dynamics, their history, customs and rituals are also examined, particularly the social importance of the regiments.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Dawn Lewis
Having seen glimpses of the film "Zulu" (one of my dad's favourites), when this book popped up on NetGalley I started to wonder how much I really knew. Not very much at all, it turns out! "Zulu Kings and Their Armies" is a clear and well-written history. Yes, it could have been longer, but probably not without making it far too academic and possibly a bit dull. The photos are a bonus, and the "Battle Focus" sections are particularly worth paying extra attention to. I'm very glad that I've read this book, as it has totally changed my perspective on that time and place.