During these extraordinary times, with so many self-isolating at home, we are temporarily opening up the members section of the site so that everybody can read all the journals online FREE OF CHARGE.

We hope this will encourage more people to learn, enjoy and gain inspiration by reading about the extraordinary events, and heroic actions of those on both the British and Zulu sides.

We hope our existing paying members will approve of this temporary action, and will continue to subsidize the society through their subscriptions.
Adrian Greaves

About The Society

The Anglo Zulu War of 1879 is one of the extraordinary periods of Victorian History. Although many people are aware of the battle of Rorkes Drift – made famous by the film “Zulu” starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine – they are not as aware of the Battle of Isandlwana, fought earlier on the same day, 22nd January 1879, or that the war brought an end to the Napoleonic dynasty with the death of the Prince Imperial, and brought down the British Government.

The Anglo Zulu War Historical Society has been formed by a small group of experts and historians to educate, entertain, enlighten and encourage students past, present and future, and to further their interest in that most fascinating of Victorian campaigns, the Anglo Zulu War of 1879.


If you’re new to this period of history but have a thirst to learn more, as a non member you’ll find enough information on the site initially to intrigue you and answer basic questions. Read our brief intro to the war but remember that as a member, you’ll have immediate access to hundreds more fascinating and meticulously researched articles covering every aspect of the war.


You can buy David Rattray’s Day of the Dead Moon audio series on CD or as MP3 downloads here.


The Anglo Zulu War Historical Society cordially invite you to join this exciting venture, whether you are an avid Zulu War fan, a serious researcher, just interested in this unique military campaign or even planning a special visit to the magnificent battlefields of Zululand. We look forward to hearing from you. All applications will be acknowledged. We offer you an interesting and stimulating membership and two on-line journals each year of membership, published in June and December.


An integral part of our new responsive website is the secure cloud hosted intranet that’s built into the platform. We also thought this was a great opportunity to get our members database up to date. For example, we are sure we don’t have up to date email addresses for some members.

The new members area requires an email address as a username, so we are asking all existing members to re-register. Please complete the short form and we’ll register you and confirm your login details. If you can’t remember your password, we’ll send you a default one to login with, and you can then change it yourself.

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