Scarcely 10 days after the invasion of Zululand began, disaster struck at Isandhlwana. Whilst Lord Chelmsford was away with 60% of the force in search of the main Zulu army, the remaining force of 1,800 British soldiers was overwhelmed by 25,000 Zulu warriors. Imagine the courage of facing modern rifles with spear and shield? In less than 2 hours more than 1,300 British soldiers lay dead in what some view as the greatest military defeat the British suffered at the hand of a native army in their entire colonial history.
Rob Caskie has been coming to this country from South Africa regularly since 2004. He gives talk to small dinners, charities and schools as well as conferences and has also been invited to speak to the Royal Geographical Society in London.
His talks are especially on Rorke’s Drift and the Battle of Isandhlwana as well as Shackleton and the allure of the Arctic north. But he is best experienced out on the Zulu battlefields in Natal, South Africa.
Launceston U3A will be hosting Rob on Friday 24th May at 7pm at South Petherwin Methodist Hall (PL15 7HY) Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased from Mike Ryalls of Launceston U3A at firstname.lastname@example.org