British Infantry

The regular infantry regiments in the Zulu War were distinctive because of their red coats. The Zulus were instructed by Cetshwayo that men wearing red were the soldiers and that it was they that must be killed, not civilians. The soldier in this illustration is from the 24th Regiment, the most famous of the British infantry units in the Zulu War. In 1881 they were re-named the South Wales Borderers.

Zulu War

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by Stephen Luscombe