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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:08 pm

Xhosa Where's you documentation scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:17 pm

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Xhosa Where's you documentation.....

For what! scratch


Julian I wonder if the conversation between Smith and Bloomfield actually took place, regarding the requisition, I think it was a myth?
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So you think it was a myth. would you like to tell us all why?.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:20 pm

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Watkins arrived in 1881 to look after Kambula's 'flock'.  There would have been lots of locals who would have heard this story from Kambula himself.
And I'd forgotten the story about the piccanninny at the NC's ammunition tent (note, not waggon).

There is a testimony about an ammunition box (200 rounds?) taken in a NC's tent by some Durnford's troopers (from memory).
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Statement (undated) of Lt H.B. DAVIES, commanding the Edendale troops.

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:24 pm

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Oh dear! Very Happy

You have just realise agree Can you post an image of the document
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:30 pm

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Which document..Why do you think it is a myth littlehand?

The one that shows you have changed you name to "Julian"

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:30 pm

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Mr Whybra,

I read again, "Hill of the Sphinx" p.40 and my comment about the point 3 seems to be OK with Mr Jackson.
Iam looking forward your answer. Again a good day to learn.

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Number of cartridges per rifleman (Lonsdale Coy): 15 (p. 40)

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Number of cartridges per rifleman in NNC troops: 15
"As I had only 15 rounds of ammunition per man"
Source:Report of Commandant HAMILTON-BROWNE , 1/3rd, 2nd February.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:31 pm

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Yes, he wrote that.  The sentences which follow are interesting too.  The idea that he was doing that before Essex's first approach to Bloomfield and then returned to gather round spare unarmed men has to run contrary to the notion that he was one of Essex's men gathered at his first approach to Bloomfield.  He can't really be doing both.  That's typical of the 1925 account and timeline.

Julian I wonder if the conversation between Smith and Bloomfield actually took place, regarding the requisition, I think it was a myth?
I don't think Bloomfield under the circumstances would refuse ammunition?
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:50 pm

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Steve your last point is very true! my problem is that in the end
it achieves and advances nothing! and what are people new to
this subject to make of it?. the fact's are the fact's.. and while it
maybe diverting and amusing to speculate, all to often that runs its
course and fades away as it must do, i am pointing the finger at no
one in particular but ego and self aggrandizement seems to be the
end for some, they bend and shape shift in the wind. i don't like to
see it and i wont take part in it. no offence meant, i love this subject
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I take it you do want to take part. Rolling Eyes

Yes It was directed at Julian, plus the answer to you question is in my post to Julian agree

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:52 pm

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And his name was Smith-Dorrien.

Yes, but Julian would know by the discussion, who I was talking about. Your learn! agree
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:37 pm

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And I'd forgotten the story about the piccanninny at the NC's ammunition tent (note, not waggon).

scratch

Mr Whybra
About your point of vigilance, are you referring to the location of the scene described (I.E: In the NC's ammunition tent not in the area of the NC's ammunition wagon?

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:46 pm

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No, I don't believe S-D's anecdote was a myth.
It's necessary to remind ourselves of the reason he wrote it - as an example of British discipline and steadiness under fire. S-D wrote this himself! It was never intended as a criticism of Bloomfield.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:15 pm

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From memory a photography of the  2/24th was borrowed by Stanley Baker to the Brecon Museum for the famous film Zulu. He never restituted it.
I am not sure of my memory. Happy to be corrected. I am sure Isandula or John Young have the answer.
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Bonsoir,

My memory was partially faulty...


From Mr Julian Whybra:
"This large photo [I.E: Wardell's 'H' Company 1/24th, in Ian Knight's 'Zulu:Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift 22-23 January 1879'] was originally in Brecon and was one of a set of two when both H coys of the 24th had photos taken and gave each other their photo. David Jackson asked for a copy of the H coy 1/24th photo to be made for him but not of its sister photo of H coy 2/24th. Astonishingly the original was sent to him through the post in its frame.
He had a copy made kindly giving a second copy to me. He later used it in his book, Hill of the Sphinx.
Later he discovered the original had been stolen from the museum (and the sister photo 'borrowed' by Stanley Baker from the museum for the film Zulu and never returned).
Ian Knight asked David for a copy to be used in his book which he granted and used in Zulu.
Both original photos are still missing (...)".

Source: Rorke's Drift Forum / Subject; 24th Regiment soldiers in photo's / June 2009

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:20 pm

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No, I don't believe S-D's anecdote was a myth.
It's necessary to remind ourselves of the reason he wrote it - as an example of British discipline and steadiness under fire.  S-D wrote this himself!  It was never intended as a criticism of Bloomfield.

But it was not mentioned at the COE or in the letter to his farther. ?
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:29 pm

About my last post:
The story of the exchange of photographs between the two companies suggests "a certain bonhomie between the two battalions".
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:49 am

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The first time SD really refered to that incident was I believe during a series of lecture tours in the early 1900s. He used it not to show iron discipline or a rigid adherence to the rules but to demonstrate the bonhomie, the comraderie between the men in battle conditions.

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:38 am

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The first time SD really refered to that incident was I believe during a series of lecture tours in the early 1900s. He used it not to show iron discipline or a rigid adherence to the rules but to demonstrate the bonhomie, the comraderie between the men in battle conditions.

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I can go with that! with just a touch of a soldiers story.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:50 am

Unfortunatly it was Morris that took the phrase out of context and used it to bolster the case of the 'difficult to open' ammunition boxes then from there to 'no ammo on the firing line'.
The difficulty with Morris is that he says 'He wont attribute historical accuracy' and uses that to explain the no foot note aspect. Bit of a cop out really when the world took TWOTS as the definitive book on the war.

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:39 pm

I must admit to not having been able to follow the meaning behind the last dozen or so posts between Xhosa and Littlehand and it's in my language (goodness knows how Frederic coped!!!).
So,
Frederic
I'm not sure why you posted the info about the origins of the H coy 1/24th photo. Was it just as a demonstration of bonhomie?
And yes, I was referring to the 'tent' not the 'waggon' of the NC.
Littlehand
S-D did not mention the Bloomfield anecdote in the CoE official report. That's not the place for anecdotes. None of those who gave evidence engaged in anecdotes.
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I'm inclined to agree with you on Morris for his enthusiasm and for kick-starting the whole AZW roadshow. I corresponded with him for a number of years from the mid-60s to the mid-70s (I still have his letters for posterity) about a number of things from TWOTS. He would argue his corner but would rarely cite his sources with precision even when asked...and some things in TWOTS of course were the result of artistic licence - what he didn't know, he simply made up (which is very different from speculation). That's why you won't find his work quoted anywhere. David Jackson told me that he only ever met him once, briefly, while Morris was passing through London between flights about the time of TWBAARAHAT. Morris didn't want to talk about Isandhlwana, just about how they became interested in the battle, the difficulties of researching the AZW, and the pros and cons of the various archives. It was almost as though he did not want to confront the differences that existed between them in their interpretations of the battle. Just one thing Morris said to David when the conversation died down, and that was "Of course, you were right about Lieut. Davies". David just nodded and sipped his beer.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:01 pm

Xhosa
I deliberately didn't use the HRo24th mention as it wasn't sourced and conflicts with Essex's direct visual account of Bloomfield's death.  But I'm glad you've 'sort of' mentioned it.
Yes, you're quite right about Morris - he wouldn't revisit Isandhlwana after TWBAARAHAT but in his lifetime he never realized the extent of what you call carping, merely of differences of opinion. I do wonder though what happened to all his notes he'd bundled up in the attic...
I'm sorry for being dense but I'm still at a loss to follow what's been going on in the previous posts. I think I'll leave it that way. Least said, soonest mended.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:13 pm

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I must admit to not having been able to follow the meaning behind the last dozen or so posts between Xhosa and Littlehand and it's in my language (goodness knows how Frederic coped!!!).
So,
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I'm not sure why you posted the info about the origins of the H coy 1/24th photo.  Was it just as a demonstration of bonhomie?
And yes, I was referring to the 'tent' not the 'waggon' of the NC.
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Bonjour Mr Whybra,

Nothing really weird.
The forum member Chalkie who has a relative KIA at Isandhlwana asked on this thread if someone had a 2/24 battalion photo (2 posts  feb. 9 2016).
The same day, I made an answer partially wrong ("From memory a photography of the  2/24th was borrowed by Stanley Baker to the Brecon Museum for the famous film Zulu. He never restituted it.
(...)
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So yesterday, I corrected my initial response by this incredible story about the photographies of the H Coys.
These photographies are also an index of bonhomie that existed between the two battalions.
For the rest, I decided to understand that Littlehand was facetious.
That's all.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:23 pm

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Pedantic possibly...I prefer meticulous.
If I weren't meticulous what faith would you have in my research?
As I've said before, the devil is in the detail.
And it is a very clear photo.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:03 pm

Can I ask whether the photo has been touched up in any way.  It is unusually clear and well-defined around the waggon wheels.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:12 pm

The photo posted by Xhosa 'The Waggons at the Ravaged Camp', are they Colonial half tent Ox waggons or are they the general service waggons. Also, is this how they were found or have they been moved?
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:20 pm

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Here is another copy of the photo, equally well defined. It is clearly copyrighted so I have not reproduced it. Click on thumbnail to enlage.
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And from the same site another which looks as though it was taken at the same time but from a little further around to the west.
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I don't think they have been enhanced.

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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:24 pm

Thanks, yes, I have both of these but not with such definition.
They are ox-waggons. (Ian Bennett's book has to-scale drawings of all the waggons in use for identification purposes.) And, I should think they have been well-moved about by all and sundry by the time the photos were taken.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:36 pm

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Significant I think is Bassage's notebook.

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I don't think it is a figure. On the original there was a tear - some damage on the photo itself and then a repair job. The 'figure' lies along the edge of the repair. It then curves round to the left and down. You can still see a bit of the tear on the right-hand edge of the waggon wheels to the left of the 'figure'.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:56 pm

Note that the photos were taken in late June not May.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:11 pm

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Where did those come from?
Its the rear of the current village area at St Vincents, The thatched roof building looks as though it could very well be current visitors centre.
What is really significant is the gentleness of the slope from the Nyoni ridge.
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PostSubject: Re: Wagons at Isandlwana   Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:18 pm

Taken from a higher elevation.
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