Brutal Valour The Tragedy of Isandlwana The Anglo Zulu War

It is December 1878 and war looms on the horizon in South Africa British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king Cetshwayo demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations With a heavy heart the king prepares his nation for war against their former alliesLeading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger Baron Chelmsford a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighboring Xhosa tribes He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is in essence an illegal warRecently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe members of C Company 124th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband Eager for adventure they are prepared to do their duty both for the empire and for their friendsAs Frere's ultimatum expires the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke's Drift into Zululand Ten days later the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana It is December 1878 and war looms on the horizon in South Africa British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king Cetshwayo demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations With a heavy heart the king prepares his nation for war against their former alliesLeading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger Baron Chelmsford a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighboring Xhosa tribes He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is in essence an illegal warRecently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe members of C Company 124th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband Eager for adventure they are prepared to do their duty both for the empire and for their friendsAs Frere's ultimatum expires the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke's Drift into Zululand Ten days later the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana It is December 1878 and war looms on the horizon in South Africa British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king Cetshwayo demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations With a heavy heart the king prepares his nation for war against their former alliesLeading the invasion is Lieutenant General Sir Frederic Thesiger Baron Chelmsford a highly experienced officer fresh off a decisive triumph over the neighboring Xhosa tribes He and Frere are convinced that a quick victory over the Zulus will negate any repercussions from the home government for launching what is in essence an illegal warRecently arrived to South Africa are newly recruited privates Arthur Wilkinson and Richard Lowe members of C Company 124th Regiment of Foot under the venerable Captain Reginald Younghusband Eager for adventure they are prepared to do their duty both for the empire and for their friendsAs Frere's ultimatum expires the army of British redcoats and allied African auxiliaries crosses the uMzinyathi River at Rorke's Drift into Zululand Ten days later the British and Zulus will meet their destiny at the base of a mountain called Isandlwana