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Forensic-Style Examination Of Isandhlwana
on 18 January 2013
The oracle of the Zulu Wars, Ian Knight, takes a team to re-examine the battlefield of Isandhlwana to try to uncover answers to the mysteries which shroud the defeat of an imperial, modern, British army, armed with the new Martini-Henry rifle.
One thing they've always thought is the difficulty getting into ammo boxes. But a box of the period is hit with a piece of wood and easily comes away, so that particular theory is a bit weak. So what caused it?
Well, the shamen would prepare a concoction for the Zulu before battle - a 'snuff' which, under forensic examination in England (a sample purchased by Ian from the Zulu) shows very high content of THC, which they conclude would have made the Zulu trance-like, extremely aggressive and able to keep attacking even with one or two wounds from British fire.
Includes nice footage of the battle site with the team finding bits from the battle with metal detectors.
There is examination of the rifle also. The Martini-Henry heats up very quickly to a very high temperature which could cause a bullet cartridge to stick and need taking out with a bayonet - perhaps leading to a breakdown in the thin red line, allowing Zulus to penetrate. The other thing was the accumalation of smoke from the gunfire which could have made visibility poor. If you're into the Zulu War battles, I would definitely buy this. I got it originally on video from the States as you couldn't get it in the UK back then.