In 1879, the British in South Africa tried to consolidate their holdings in Africa by conquering a native group known as the Zulus. They considered the rag-tag native army, equipped only with spears and clubs, no match for the mighty British military force. In their first encounter with a major Zulu military group, the Battle of Isandlwana, the British suffered the largest defeat in their history at the hands of a native force. This battle is considered to be on the level of the 1876 defeat of the US Seventh Cavalry at Little Bighorn. We'll discuss the history of the Zulu people, along with the historical background of the British conflicts. Although the war lasted only six months, it is well remembered as one of fascinating events and personalities. The story of this war led to the production of two popular motion pictures: Zulu and Zulu Dawn.