British Fortifications in Zululand 1879 (Fortress, Volume by Ian Knight

By Ian Knight

On eleven January 1879 the British Empire went to battle with the self sustaining nation of Zululand. The British expected a fast and decisive victory, putting nice religion in sleek firepower; no plans have been made for suppressing the Zulu over a prolonged interval, or for delivering protecting positions from which to occupy Zulu territory. in spite of the fact that, the losses suffered at Isandlwana and Rorke's flow fast altered the British procedure; through the remainder of the battle, the British fortified virtually each place they occupied in Zululand, from everlasting column depots to transitority halts. This identify explores British protecting concepts hired through the battle, and the way those regarding modern engineering idea. one of the websites coated are Eshowe venture Station, forts Pearson and Tenedos, and Rorke's waft.

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Throughout, the Zulu attacked the post piecemeal, giving the lie to contemporary claims that the invasion of Natal was premeditated. The first assault was made by about 500 or 600 men, who tried to rush the rear wall. The projecting angles of the buildings, however, served as a crude form of bastion, and as the assault reached to within 30 yards of the barricade, it came under such a crossfire from the loopholes on either side that it faltered. The warriors Officers walking the rounds inside Fort Bromhead in February or March 1879.

The redoubt is on the knoll in the centre of the picture, with the main laager in the foreground, and the cattle laager to the right. This was the position attacked by the Zulu army on 29 March. (Sherwood Foresters’ Museum, Nottingham Castle) TOP RIGHT The interior of the fort at Utrecht, with men of the 80th Regiment in the foreground. Note the shed built to house the inevitable stockpile of supplies. (Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society) 24/3/09 14:46 Page 48 along the top. This was small – only about 30 yards long by less than 10 wide – but it was large enough to shelter two field guns and about 100 men.

Although the king did not accompany the army in person, he nonetheless gave his commanders specific instructions that reveal the extent to which the army’s impotence in the face of fortifications had already entered the Zulu psyche. The army, he told them, was to make whatever feints it could to draw the British out from their positions so that it could destroy them in the open, as it had at Isandlwana; on no account was it to attack ‘strongholds’. Sadly for the future of the kingdom, the izinduna found it impossible to adhere to this advice.

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