Friday, September 9, 2016
On the Fact that a Lot of Historians Have Tried to Assert that the Battle of Blood River in 1838 (Between the Trek Boers and the Zulus) Was an Unfair and Unequal Struggle and that the Result was Predictable
Total bullshit. a) The Boers were outnumbered by at least 22 to 1 (460 versus 10,000 to 15,000). b) The Zulu DID have firearms (taken from the Brits in various skirmishes and from the Boers after the Umgungundmovu Massacre). And c) (and as Harry Booyens has adroitly pointed out in "Ama Bhulu") under almost identical circumstances, the British were completely routed by the Zulu 41 years later at the Battle of Isandhlwana. I mean, I understand that these facts are difficult for some folks to hear but the truth of the matter is that the Boers achieved such a resounding victory not based solely upon some unfair advantage but much more because of the brilliant tactical planning of Andries Pretorius and the unbelievable bravery of those 460 men (dozens of whom were Khoe Khoe and dissident Zulu who hated Dingane even more than the Boers did). Sorry but yeah.