Dabulamanzi kaMpande

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About Dabulamanzi kaMpande

The inDuna Dabulamanzi kaMpande, half brother of Cetshwayo, commanded the Undi Corps after kaMapitha, the regular inkhosi, or commander, was wounded at the Battle of Isandlwana 22 January 1879.

'Followers of the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, including his brother, Dabulamanzi', 1879 Photograph, Zulu War (1879).

The Zulu King Cetshwayo, fearing British aggression, had started to purchase firearms in the months leading up to the war in 1879. Although the Zulus had thousands of old-fashioned muskets and a few modern rifles, their warriors were not properly trained in their use.

Instead, they relied on highly manoeuvrable and superbly disciplined soldiers who were experts in hand-to-hand combat. Most Zulu warriors were armed with shields and 'assegais'. The latter came in two forms, a thinner-bladed throwing spear and a broad-bladed stabbing spear. The stabbing weapon was named the 'iklwa', supposedly after the sound that was heard as it was withdrawn from the victim's body.

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