The Redcoat History Podcast
The Anglo-Zulu War Part 2: The Battle of Isandlwana

The Anglo-Zulu War Part 2: The Battle of Isandlwana

June 3, 2019

The battle of Isandlwana fought on the 22nd of January 1879, is one of the most discussed and written about engagements in the history of the British army. We British do love a glorious defeat and the battle certainly falls into that category. It’s a difficult battle for the historian - disjointed and confused with few first-hand accounts to help us.

 As Keith Smith says:

 “Isandlwana is the most impenetrable engagement to comprehend because all of the major European participants lost their lives. Had Colonel Durnford, Lietuentant-Colonel Pulleine or even Lieutenant Melvill survived, then the story of the events of that dreadful day would now be easier to tell. But they did not, and it is thus no accident that this battle engages us still.”

 Welcome to episode 2 of the Redcoat history podcast with me Christian Parkinson – I’m a filmmaker, photographer and battlefield explorer who has a passion for the history of the British army – a passion that I’m desperate to share.

If you want read the full notes for this episode including a bibliography and my video tours of the key locations then please go to 

The Anglo-Zulu War Part1: The Road To War

The Anglo-Zulu War Part1: The Road To War

May 21, 2019

Welcome to the first ever episode of the Redcoat History Podcast - a place to learn the history of the British army, its most famous campaigns, its worst defeats and its greatest leaders. On the first Monday of every month battlefield explorer, Christian Parkinson delves deep into a new topic. This is a podcast for the military geeks, the obsessives, those who like to feel what it is like to fix bayonets and charge the French. It is military history as it should be: exciting, fast-paced and so real you can smell the gunpowder.

In the first few episodes, we will be exploring the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Who were the Zulus and why did Britain invade this tiny corner of Africa?

In subsequent episodes, we will dive into great detail about the battles and personalities of this conflict that still fascinates the historian and the public alike. 

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