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PostSubject: Lost Fortifications   Lost Fortifications EmptyThu Jun 10, 2021 12:28 pm

I recently bought a copy of the "Field Guide to The War in Zululand and the Defence of Natal 1879" by J.P.C. Laband and P.S. Thompson. I must be honest and admit that I had no idea that there had been so many permanent/temporary and improvised fortifications erected across the country during this campaign. I found the book most useful in regards to the fortifications location/layout and complement during the hostilities. Although many have no doubt been lost, I was most interested to find out more about Fort Newdigate which I had visited early this year. Based on the book I now know that Ford Newdigate was built along the Second Division's line of advance and communication. Named after the Commander of the Division Major-General E. Newdigate, the fort was completed on 6th June 1879 and housed a complement that was made up by the Royal Scots Fusiliers (2/21st), a detachment of the Royal Artillery (No. 10 Battery, 7th Brigade) equipped with two Gatling guns as well as a single company of the 2nd battalion N.N.C. Communication between fortifications were maintained by a squadron of the King's Dragoon Guards. Using the small illustration provided on page 96 and with all the other information gathered, I can now gaze upon the grassy patch with a few boulders and noticeable breastwork and develop an idea of what the fort must have actually looked like.
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PostSubject: Re: Lost Fortifications   Lost Fortifications EmptyFri Jun 11, 2021 10:59 am

Thank you
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PostSubject: Lost Fortifications    Lost Fortifications EmptyFri Jun 11, 2021 11:42 pm

Inks ( Aussie Inkosi )
You must have been there before with ' The Major ' ?
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PostSubject: Lost Fortifications    Lost Fortifications EmptyFri Jun 11, 2021 11:46 pm

Hi Richie Rich
I've been lucky enough to visit many of the old Forts / Fortifications that were built ,  or used throughout the AZW of 1879 , there are many that are still visible although a lot aren't as well , many are situated on Private property nowadays , always pays to ask for permission to visit the fortifications which are situated on Private Land , we were never refused permission .
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PostSubject: Re: Lost Fortifications   Lost Fortifications EmptySun Jun 13, 2021 4:51 pm

Hi. That is brilliant to know and I take great encouragement in that. Thank you. I will endeavor to explore and visit them further.
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