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The Case for History: 1879 as 2019

Modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are worth comparing to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Today the United States’ relative global power is reducing just as the United Kingdom’s was 100 years ago. In both cases there was a nearly identical failure to integrate easily available local knowledge into a coherent strategy. Furthermore, both wars…

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The Durnford Blame Game

On 22 January 1879 at Isandlwana about 20,000 Zulus armed with stabbing spears and some old rifles killed 1300 British soldiers armed with the most modern weapons of the time. The military campaign to invade Zululand went temporarily into reverse and Victorian Britain’s confidence was shaken. Power is partly about perception and the fear in…

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Introduction to No Hillside without a Grave

No Hillside without a Grave is to be a ninety minute feature documentary about the Anglo-Zulu Wars. It all started with my visit to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift in 2015. Our guide was Paul Garner who is a battlefield guide and something of an expert on the Zulu aspects of the battle.…

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