16 Things That Made African King Shaka Zulu One Of The Greatest Military Minds In History

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Shaka Zulu is said to be one of the greatest military leaders in African history, and perhaps all of history. There is controversy around the brutality of his methods, and the strictness with which he trained his troops, but in many ways, he improved warfare methods forever. Born in 1787 in what is now South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, he died in 1828. His legacy lived on in the Zulu warriors who fought the British in 1879. The military conflict helped immortalize the Zulu in the minds of Westerners, but Zulu history was far from over in 1879. The Zulus persevered through apartheid and remain the largest ethnic group in South Africa. Here are 16 things that made Shaka Zulu a military genius.

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He introduced new weapons to the Zulu people

Tired of the assegai — a long pole weapon made of wood with pointed iron at the end and thrown like a javelin — Shaka Zulu introduced the ikwla, a weapon with a shorter sphere and a longer spearhead, sort of like a sword. This weapon gave Shaka’s warriors a huge advantage over opponents when they came up close for hand-to-hand combat.

 

He introduced cowhide shields

Shaka Zulu supposedly introduced cowhide shields, which were much stronger than the iron or wood shields used previously.

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He accustomed his troops to war conditions

Some historians say that Shaka Zulu would make his troops go on 50-mile marches for practice over rough and hot terrain so they wouldn’t be fazed by difficult conditions during battle.

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He collected troops like they were acorns

When his father Senzangakona, the chief of the small Zulu tribe, died in 1816, Shaka Zulu took the throne. The following year, he had gathered an army of more than 2,000 warriors. By 1824, his army numbered up to 20,000.

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His strict military decrees earned him respect

By stating these rules for his army, Shaka gained confidence and support: 1) He eliminated privilege and class. Warriors had to earn their positions and rank. 2) All the spoils of war taken from the defeated armies were to be split among the warriors, and all resources shared. 3) Ageing members of society were to be treated with dignity, and allowed to retire.

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He introduced (and perhaps invented) the bull horn formation

Many historians say Shaka Zulu was the first military leader to use the bull horn formation. This is a three-part attack system in which seasoned warriors form the “chest” of the horn at the front, pinning the enemy into a position where it can be easily attacked. Younger warriors would form the “horns” and encircle the enemy, attacking from the sides, and additional warriors formed the “loins,” standing behind the “chest” with their back to the battle, protecting against any additional attackers.

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He differentiated soldiers

Shaka Zulu had soldiers carry different colored or patterned shields, depending on their rank. In a troop of hundreds, this made it much easier for soldiers to know exactly where to go when forming the bull horn.

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He made his soldiers remain celibate

With the exception of those already married, he made sexual abstinence mandatory. Many believe that Shaka was a homosexual who had some procreative issues. Would such issues tie into his lifestyle demands for his troops?

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He was fiercely dedicated to his mother

Shaka was ruthless and violent with grief after his mother Nandi’s death in 1827. Pregnant women and their husbands from his tribe were murdered, crop planting and milk production was banned, and many Zulus were executed.

He started apprenticeships

Children over age 6 would became apprentice warriors, delivering rations, cooking supplies and weapons to real warriors. By the time children came of age, they were accustomed to being in battle surroundings and were more emotionally ready to fight.

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47 Comments

  • Janet June 21, 2016 - 6:43 pm Reply

    Very interesting piece on Shaka Zulu !!!

    • Lenard Pugh June 24, 2019 - 8:39 pm Reply

      Why do great black warriors always suspected to be gay by white historians?

      Cut that out.

      • Hope June 25, 2019 - 3:32 pm Reply

        Thank you!

        • Tester July 12, 2019 - 8:48 pm Reply

          I’m glad others see this funny shit they do to our leaders

      • The Wolf of All Streets June 26, 2019 - 6:14 am Reply

        They will not let you be Black and glorious. You just have to be gay.

      • Morena Kenneth Masuku June 26, 2019 - 6:31 am Reply

        I also think that is out of line especially when Shaka Zulu despised homosexuals n even killed them. King Shaka killed his babies from their mothers wombs with the perception that they will come after him as he did the same to his father.

        • Prinze Santana July 13, 2019 - 4:11 am Reply

          Because homosexuality Is a deeply rooted in their ( Anglo-Saxon) human spirit soul.

      • Jabu July 9, 2019 - 8:29 am Reply

        Lenard i agree with you. Zulus were/are fiecely patriarchal and there was no gay people therein. Its only in this so called modern south africa where you start hearing about gay Africam men. Homosexuality if it existed it was in the closet as it was an abomination. Zulu men and families took pride in having large families, lots od kids, with women! White racist n colonial narratives on our people must fall! I am a Zulu and very proud of Shaka’s pride in his culture and people! Bayede Nlosi!!!!!

        • D July 15, 2019 - 6:14 pm Reply

          Of course – there were no gay people then 🤦🏼‍♂️🙄 – seriously? While I agree that historians may be wrong, who cares? It takes nothing away from the incredible warrior, leader an nation builder he was.
          One of my all-time favourites as a general, military mind and leader. Respected even by the British who fought him.

    • T Victor Madela July 2, 2019 - 5:23 pm Reply

      It could not be true that Ilembe was gay.The Cele sing praises ” inkomo esengwa ilele ngoba nxa imile iyakhahlela” these were coined by King Shaka after a sexual encounter with a girl from a Cele tribe.

  • Baron December 16, 2017 - 12:08 am Reply

    I wonder who are the “many” that believe one of Africa’s greatest warrior kings was “homosexual.”

  • samuel ogenrwot September 25, 2018 - 12:47 am Reply

    “homosexual” but still his greatness live forever *long live African greatest*

  • OKUZIDENIS December 30, 2018 - 5:39 am Reply

    I’m happy for this peace of Shaka’s history though it was painted bad somewhere as on homosexuality and the killing of pregnant women and their husbands and the banning of milk and crop planting.

  • Connel aye January 25, 2019 - 5:09 am Reply

    I was named after him, Am Shakazulu from Nigeria, his history inspires me so much and i wish i was one of the warriors who fought beside him. I in love with his African tradition.

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    Shaka Zulu was not a homosexaual…thats the dumbmess sh!t ive ever heard 🤦🏾

  • Arabang June 25, 2019 - 5:36 am Reply

    1. Shaka IS NOT “Shaka Zulu”. Thats a European construct and is seen by Zulus as an insult. He is Shaka Kasenzangakhona.
    2. Homosexuality? Kindly supply prove for any insulting claim made against African heros and heroines. Africa, due to its colonial past had a problem with “most” of its history being stolen. History tellers killed. So any hero we have is just a few. We cant afford to villify the few heros and heroines we remain with.

  • Bro As'Sadia June 25, 2019 - 7:39 am Reply

    There is no history of homosexuality in africa, that is you white folks shit and your niggers.

    • Set Bes July 8, 2019 - 11:06 am Reply

      WTF are you talking about you pea brain

  • Larry June 25, 2019 - 6:34 pm Reply

    Good men a leader before his Time

  • Simi June 25, 2019 - 7:02 pm Reply

    Shaka was strategic and he knew about the coming of the colonizers hence he fought many Kings in the Southern African cause he wanted unity by the time the colonizers arrive, unfortunately his ways were brutal and he was misunderstood by many. There’s a clip in his movie that was deleted where he asked the colonizers how the Zulus and Whites will share residency.

    Ask the Zulus if you want to know their history, don’t go around reading the lies Whites write about Africans.

  • Set Bes July 8, 2019 - 11:08 am Reply

    Ha, homosexuality was huge in Greek culture and some native. Show the evidence of this being true in Shaka’s case, because he implemented moral behavior?

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    Thank you, Jabu.
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    A great read, yet out of all the interesting reveals, his sexuality has become the root of most comments, as has been and further persist, how to demasculate men, even if he could’ve been homosexual, he didn’t train, act nor present such in battle, let’s remember homosexuality doesn’t destroy the body, doesn’t even cause for the fabouyant act, Iron sharpens IRON and facts could reveal, that’s the method, not the madness to making a warrior, nothing feminate, be a man’s man doesn’t act, then never will look for soft, it’s not his flavor, nor condone less of another warrior, real warriors died in battle, limited few were nursed to old age

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