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Battle of Blood River

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The Battle of Blood River 1838

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Visiting the battlefield of Blood River

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The Battle of Blood River [4K]

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Blood River - Zulu Wars, Part 1-3

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Memorialing the historic battle at Blood River, South Africa (1948)

The Battle of Blood River is the name given for the battle fought between 470 Voortrekkers ("Pioneers"), led by Andries Pretorius, and an estimated "10 000 to 15 000" Zulu on the bank of the Ncome River on 16 December 1838, in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Casualties amounted to over 3,000 of king Dingane's soldiers dead, including two Zulu princes competing with Prince Mpande for the Zulu throne. Three Pioneer commando members were lightly wounded, including Pretorius himself.
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  • Background 

  • Prelude 

  • Battle 

  • Aftermath 

  • Legacy