Classical form of Zulu shield. Attempts were made to keep the same colour of shield to all members of a regiment. At the same time shield colour also represented experience.White shield fr the veteran regiments, black for the junior regiments and red for those regiments in between. The size of the shield slowly got smaller throughout the life of the Zulu empire

Classical form of Zulu shield. Attempts were made to keep the same colour of shield to all members of a regiment. At the same time shield colour also represented experience.White shield fr the veteran regiments, black for the junior regiments and red for those regiments in between. The size of the shield slowly got smaller throughout the life of the Zulu empire

This picture is from the Shaka Zulu series...Shaka Zulu supposedly introduced cowhide shields, which were much stronger than the iron or wood shields used previously.

16 Things That Made Shaka Zulu A Military Genius

This picture is from the Shaka Zulu series...Shaka Zulu supposedly introduced cowhide shields, which were much stronger than the iron or wood shields used previously.

Africa | Young Zulu woman having her hair done.  South Africa.  ca. early to mid 20th century || Scanned photographic postcard

Africa | Young Zulu woman having her hair done. South Africa. ca. early to mid 20th century || Scanned photographic postcard

Of all the Zulu leaders who commanded the Empire during this period, one man stands sack-and-shoulders above the rest when it comes to unrivaled badassitude – the infamous Shaka Zulu.  The military mastermind behind the Zulu Empire, and one of the most hardcore tyrants who ever lived.

Of all the Zulu leaders who commanded the Empire during this period, one man stands sack-and-shoulders above the rest when it comes to unrivaled badassitude – the infamous Shaka Zulu. The military mastermind behind the Zulu Empire, and one of the most hardcore tyrants who ever lived.

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