Battle Report: 28th October 1990
Indian ~vs~ 1879 Zulu
Avery & Nog Norgren ~vs~ Robert Avery)
An identical scenario to the last battle, with the British splitting their forces to force the Zulus to battle.
British immediately formed two squares: each of four companies of infantry and
one artillery battery. In came the Zulu's and, despite having three impact
points with six impi's, out they went again: hurled back by the weight
of British firepower.
the Zulu Induna now brought in a tactical innovation: moving a regiment
up through their repulsed comrades not to charge to contact, but to hurl their
assegai's at point blank range onto the British troops who had already
fired and were now frantically reloading. Most un-Zulu-like behaviour! The
Zulu's hurled their spears, and masses of Highlanders fell. Five companies of
Highlanders routed, and the British CinC was seriously wounded.
by this success, the Zulu commander charged with all his remaining regiments.
Despite their losses, the British blew them back again, so in went the spear
throwers again: this time routing all but one Highlander company.
the Zulu's charged: but were held off by this one Highlander company with its
this point, although there were only about 100 British troops still fighting
in the British CinC's force, there was not a single Zulu impi with good
morale. To make matters worse, British Lancers now appeared on the Zulu flank
and threatened a charge.
Zulu Induna ordered a general retreat.
Zulus lost a total of 1500 killed or wounded, plus whatever horrific
casualties the Lancers would have inflicted.
British lost seven companies of Highlanders.
win for the British.
It now seems clear that the Zulu's cannot break British troops, supported by artillery, when they are in square, by charges alone. Six charges hit a square and failed to break its ranks. One charge hit a partially formed square and was repulsed!