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Battle Report
 

Battle Report: 27th October 1990

Late British Indian ~vs~ 1879 Zulu

(Robert & Richard Avery ~vs~ Nog Norgren)

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Late British Indian

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s Org. Class Weapons Pts/Fig Points
  Commander-in-Chief

1

         
  2inC 1          
1st 78th Highlanders 40 8x5 RegB blr    
  Sikh Bttn 24 6x4 RegC blr    
  Dragoon Guards 8 2x4 RegB blc,s,p    
  1st Btty Royal Artillery 2 2x1 RegB light blrb FA    
  2nd Btty Royal Artillery 1 1x1 RegA hmg    
2nd 1st Bttn 24th Foot 40 8x5 RegB blr    
  Ghurka Bttn 25 5x5 RegC blr    
  17th Lancers 16 4x4 RegB blc,l,s    
  3rd Btty Royal Artillery 3 3x1 RegB light blrb FA    

 

            3000
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1879 Zulu

Brigade

Unit

Fig.'s Org. Class Weapons Pts/Fig Points
  Induna Enkulu

1

         
  Induna 1          
  Impi 1 30 1x30 FanA sp,sh    
  Impi 2 30 1x30 FanA sp,sh    
  Impi 3 30 1x30 FanA sp,sh    
  Impi 4 30 1x30 FanA sp,sh    
  Impi 5 30 1x30 FanB sp,sh    
  Impi 6 30 1x30 FanB sp,sh    
  Impi 7 30 1x30 FanB sp,sh    
  Impi 8 30 1x30 FanB sp,sh    
  Impi 9 30 1x30 FanB sp,sh    
  Impi 10 30 1x30 FanC sp,sh    

 

Impi 11 30 1x30 FanC sp,sh    

 

Impi 12 30 1x30 FanC sp,sh    

 

            3001
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. Late British Indian 1879 Zulu
Foot 2580 7200
Horse 480 0
Guns 12 0
 

Report

The British had divided into two columns in order to force the Zulu's into a battle.

On 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.

The Zulus tried a new tactic: which was for regiments to attack in waves, if necessary charging through already routing back or fleeing comrades.

On 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.

On 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 down. 

Casualties

The British lost 6 companies of infantry, 3 squadrons of lancers and a section of artillery, all from the 2inC’s force.

At the end of the battle, the Zulus had only 2 unbroken impi's remaining. 

Results

A hard-won victory for the British. 

Analysis

The 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.

Nevertheless, 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.

 

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