Witnesses at Isandlwana: 22 January 1879

Author(s): Neil Thornton and Michael Denigan 

ISBN: 9781781559055
£24.50 £35.00
An exhaustive compendium of survivor accounts from the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879.
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  • The largest collection of survivor accounts ever compiled

  • Rare and unpublished photographs from the battle

  • Many never-seen-before accounts from survivors from both sides

  • Assiduously researched, rich in detail and lavishly illustrated

  • Packed with incredible stories of individual heroism and sacrifice

On 22 January 1879, British forces in Zululand suffered a shocking and unimaginable defeat at the hands of the Zulus resulting in over 1,300 dead, including more than 800 regular British soldiers.

However, the Zulu victory came at a cost and their losses were also very heavy. Yet, surprisingly, scattered in archives, museums and private collections around the world sits many first-hand accounts from those who were there.

Inaccessible to most, these primary sources are vital to our understanding of the battle and how it unfolded, and they shed important light on the experiences of those who were there on that fateful day.

British soldiers, those from the colonial forces, civilians and Zulu warriors who attacked the camp, all left detailed descriptions of the battle.

By bringing these sources together, Witnesses at Isandlwana: 22 January 1879 – the largest collection of primary accounts ever gathered on the battle – allows the reader to view all sources under one roof, providing a better understanding of the battle, how it played out and what those involved witnessed on that monumental day in both British and Zulu history.

BOOK ISBN 9781781559055
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback with dust jacket
PAGES 528 pages
TERRITORY UK and Worldwide
ILLUSTRATIONS 40 black and white photographs / 20 maps


Neil Thornton has produced articles on a diverse range of military history and through his extensive research has contributed to an array of military publications. He is an experienced speaker and regularly provides talks and workshops for schools, historical groups and the armed forces. The author also involves himself in a variety of military projects. His first book for Fonthill Media was the critically acclaimed Rorke’s Drift: A New Perspective (2016).

Michael Denigan is an infantry officer in the California Army National Guard and a full-time Law Enforcement Officer in Southern California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Point Loma Nazarene University and currently resides in San Diego. Denigan is an ardent military history aficionado, focusing on the British Army and Navy during the Colonial and Victorian eras as well as the United States Army on the Western Frontier.