Battle Report: 27th October 1990
Indian ~vs~ 1879 Zulu
& Richard Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)
British had divided into two columns in order to force the Zulu's into a
the right, the Zulu Induna attempted to overwhelm the British 2inC’s
force with the majority of his command, whilst sending 4 impi's to the
left in order to delay the other British force.
Zulus tried a new tactic: which was for regiments to attack in waves, if
necessary charging through already routing back or fleeing comrades.
the left, where the four impi's attacked the British CinC’s line,
this worked quite well: a hole
being punched in the first line. Unfortunately, the charge was stopped by the
second line and, after heavy fighting, repulsed.
the right, the Zulus had successfully halted the British but, once they saw
that their delaying force had been defeated, had to attack, and were mown
British lost 6 companies of infantry, 3 squadrons of lancers and a section of
artillery, all from the 2inC’s force.
the end of the battle, the Zulus had only 2 unbroken impi's remaining.
hard-won victory for the British.
Zulu Commander admitted after the battle that he had split his force unwisely:
two regiments would have sufficed to delay the CinC’s force, leaving him ten
rather than eight with which to overwhelm the rest of the British.
although defeated, the new tactic of wave assault looks promising for the
Zulus in future encounters.
It also became clear that a British line without artillery support is not a good enough formation to stop a Zulu charge.