This Anglo-Zulu War led to a major victory…and a major defeat. The British actually suffered a significant defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana around the 22nd of January 1879. The Zulu’s military killed more than 1000 British soldiers in a single day, the worst defeat the British army had ever suffered at the hands of an African fighting force. The Zulu Kingdom had proven the capability of well-organized tactical systems, the very same initiated in the Age of Shaka that allowed for such success to exist for decades.
Born in 1787, Shaka Zulu was born as the illegitimate son to the chief of the Zulu clan, Senzangakhona kaJama. According to oral traditions, Shaka was conceived during an act of what began as “ukuhlobonga”, a form of sexual foreplay forbidding penetration which was socially allowed between unmarried or single couples. The word “Shaka” means “intestinal beetle” in the Zulu bantu language, showing just how his father felt about him