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Ian Knight

Ian Knight is a writer and historian who is internationally regarded as a leading authority on the nineteenth-century history of the Zulu kingdom, and in particular the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

ZULU - FIFTY YEARS ON

     January 22 is always a significant date for me. Three of the most intriguing, dramatic and shocking battles of the Anglo-Zulu War all took place on that day - Nyezane, iSandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and 2014 marks 135 years since they took place. That in itself is a rather unsettling thought for me since I first visited the battlefields in 1979, for the centenary commemoration, and even by my dubious maths it means I’ve been going there for thirty-five years - damn, I’m getting old.

WILLIAM BRITAINS AND THE ANGLO-ZULU WAR

     I spent Friday evening at the Victoria Rifles Club in London, at the annual 'Collectors' Club' event from William Britains, the toy soldier people. My involvement with Britains - as a customer, at least - goes back a long way, to my boyhood, inevitably, when one of the few ways to satisfy my nascent interest in history was buying their figures.

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