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PostSubject: Zulu War Memo signed by Colonel Henry Fanshawe Davies, Lord Chelmsford, and Colonel Bellairs   Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:29 pm

Conference Hill, 3 June 1879/ Memo D.A. General/ In consequence of the verbal order of the Lt. General Comdg. I have placed the horses at this station on the increased allowance of forage as per margin,/ 12 lbs. English horse/ 8 lbs Colonial horse/ subject of the approval of the Lt. General which I should be glad to have in writing from you. H.F. Davies Col. Gren. Guards/ Comdt. Conference Hill
approved Chelmsford (Lt.-Gen. Commanding)/ W. Bellairs 3.6.9 (Colonel William Bellairs--Staff) [NOTE THIS WAS ONLY ONE DAY BEFORE THE BATTLE OF ULUNDI] (Isandula Collection)
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu War Memo signed by Colonel Henry Fanshawe Davies, Lord Chelmsford, and Colonel Bellairs   Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:33 pm

Thanks Isandula, great post.

It serves to demonstrate just how hidebound the Army still was in 1879. Two Colonels and a Lt. General having to approve the amount of forage for a horse!
No wonder any hint of taking the initiative frightened them all to death.
Very little had actually changed since the administrative nightmare in the Crimea 25 years earlier.
Bye the bye, why did English horses require more forage than Colonial?

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PostSubject: Re: Zulu War Memo signed by Colonel Henry Fanshawe Davies, Lord Chelmsford, and Colonel Bellairs   Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:05 pm

Steve,  I think English horses were use to being heavy grain fed and thus required more than say the native Basuto ponies.
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu War Memo signed by Colonel Henry Fanshawe Davies, Lord Chelmsford, and Colonel Bellairs   Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:28 pm

English horses were bigger.
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu War Memo signed by Colonel Henry Fanshawe Davies, Lord Chelmsford, and Colonel Bellairs   Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:37 pm

sorry to qualify..English Cavalry horse's ( Charger's ) their were no
horses on the Eastern Cape untill they were imported from the
Europeans..the Colonials preferred the smaller ponies..
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