I think my obsession springs from the fact that due to the British losses (and lack if interest in the British, in recording Zulu accounts after the war), we know only sections of Isandlwana.
I have always been interested in the hospital 'fight' of Rorkes Drift - simply because it is so unclear what happened in there.....the rest is rather 'boring' (to me)
On Isandlwana - I believe if the British had driven off the Zulu - you wouldn't have got all the books about it......I am not clever enough (or rather do not have the vision of the terrain) to dissect the Missing Five Hours (for example), and say its not/is possible because of 'X, Y and Z'.......that's why I rejoined this forum to try and get my head around things......hence some strange (and to some 'stoopid') questions
As someone like Frank would probably tell you - I have to be spoon fed the information - else I get confused.....all these donga's, neks, notches and ridges
Most of my 'wargaming' projects and associated historical research revolve around Isandlwana, The Alamo and LBH - probably all for the same reason.....lack of information.....
I too believe that the Zulu aspect of the battle was cleverer than the embarrassed British (at the time) would have us believe and it suited them to go with the accidental discovery, a demented Engineer Officer and even pedantic screwdriver less QMs......
I also believe that the 'answer' is out there - somewhere between IK, Ron Lock & Pete Quantrill, Julian, John Young & even Mike Snook (plus many many of the lesser 'unheralded' historians - many on this forum).