The Illustrated Guide to the Anglo-Zulu War

The Illustrated Guide to the Anglo-Zulu War

  • Author: John Laband & Paul Thompson
  • Publisher: Unwin Bros Limited
  • ISBN: 0-86980-973-3

Review By : Adrian Greaves

The Illustrated Guide to the Anglo-Zulu War is a comprehensive and expert guide to the famous clash in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom.


The book explains the origins of the conflict, the Zulu, British and Colonial military systems, and the combatants’ strategies and tactics.  It includes a narrative of the course of the campaign accompanied by maps of military operations, descriptions of the fortifications with detailed diagrams, and accounts with maps of all the major battles and several lesser engagements.  All the campaign, battle and the sector maps are in full colour, as are many of the pictures, which enliven the text.


The aim is to lead readers through the history of the campaign and to guide them to the actual sites of the war, while at the same time providing a sense of the human and social context in which military and civilian commentators of a previous century experienced the violence of invasion and war.   In all its aspects this book is the essential guide to a full understanding of the Zulu Campaign of 1879.


John Laband and Paul Thompson are both professors in history at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg.  They have researched and published widely in Natal and Zulu history.

Thursday 12th of January 2006 09:04:23 PM