When Shaka later met Europeans he wasn’t convinced by their guns. He felt that they were too slow and an army with guns would be quickly swarmed by spearmen and destroyed. (He also wasn’t convinced with writing, as he explained his messengers needed to writing to remember a message, as they were encouraged by the fact that if they brought an inaccurately remembered report he would have them killed). And so, with his new revolutionised army, he went to war against Zwide, who had set about conquering the lands and killing all of his rivals one by one. The first fight would be at Gqokli Hill in 1818. Shaka had but 5000 men, whereas Zwide had 12,000, but Shaka had a plan. He sent a small force to distract Zwide while he put his enemy atop the hill and had most of them stand on the reverse slope, so when Zwide’s army arrived it looked as though Shaka only had about 1000 or so men. It would be, as Zwide’s son said, as easy as killing cattle. As Zwide’s men approached the top of the hill, they suddenly found themselves swarmed by Zulus with their Iklwas , forcing them back 5 times throughout the day. Zwide’s men had also, as the day went on, drunk all of their water, leading many to desert to go and find a drink. Shaka had his army well supplied with drinks though, so his men didn’t need to leave. In the end, Zwide’s army went for one last attack up the hill, but as they did so they found that not only was a large force of Zulus coming to their front, but a lightning fast one was going around the sides and surrounding them. Zwide’s army was more or less wiped out with this move, and he himself lost 5 sons in the last attack. The rest of his men fled, leaving 7000 of their comrades dead behind them. Shaka’s men lost 2000, and in the tradition of the tribes at the time took no prisoners. All wounded were killed instantly. Soon, Zwide’s army would return, and Shaka realised that they had started to adopt his own weapons and tactics. He had to wait for the right moment to strike, and that came in 1819 when Zwide’s men were crossing a river, and so Shaka attacked the smaller forces individually, while their comrades watched almost helpless from the other bank. Zwide fled, and so began the flight of his people from the Zulu’s annihilation, which lasted for many years. In 1825, Zwide and Shaka met in battle once more. Zwide was killed in the fighting, and Shaka also captured Zwide’s mother, showing his true colours when dealing with her. He had her thrown inside of a hut, and sealed the door. This hut was filled with starved hyenas, who ripped her apart. The next morning Shaka had the hut, still filled with hyenas, burnt down.. See the small but mighty rise of the Zulu Empire in Southern Africa before being taken over by the British.. The rise of the Zulu Empire forced other chiefdoms and clans to flee across a wide area of southern Africa. Clans fleeing the Zulu war zone included the Soshangane , Zwangendaba , Ndebele , Hlubi , Ngwane , and the Mfengu ..