Anglo-Zulu War, 1879

Past display archive
13 December 2010 - 14 August 2011

Room 23 case display

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John Rouse Merriott Chard, by Lock & Whitfield, 1881 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Rouse Merriott Chard
by Lock & Whitfield
1881
NPG x5764

In January 1879 British forces invaded Zululand in southern Africa. Though short-lived, the war had longstanding consequences in both Africa and Europe. This display presents many of the principal figures involved in the conflict including Cetshwayo, king of the Zulu, John Chard, the hero of Rorke’s Drift, and the French Prince Imperial, whose death in the war ended the possibility of a restoration of the Bonaparte dynasty to the French throne.

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