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PostSubject: New Member - Old Questions?   New Member - Old Questions? EmptySun Sep 05, 2021 8:24 pm

Well, I hope they aren't old, but I fear they might be!

I have been mildly interested in the Zulu War for some time, but am now preparing to run a wargame of the battle and so am "brushing up" on things, as it were.

You can read some of my initial research of the battlefield here:

Edit: apparently I am not yet allowed to post links!

lohwand.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-battle-of-isandlwana-some - dot- html

I've been using Google satellite imagery to help sort things out:

1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q1a8kO1ojOo/YTUN-phK-oI/AAAAAAAAGFY/0ZVZh49dgYYFjTOmn5dW2Hnj0jMgF-srgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/Isandlwana -dot- png (there's a link from my blog post as well.)

1.bp.blogspot.com/-_3K-fNzdfmc/YTUOBQIDe0I/AAAAAAAAGFc/yLegw91Iy-8Rx9cE0BXUa-chAJfOn5-4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s1025/Isandlwana_Topo -dot- png (also part of blog post.)

Some Questions:

1) Can anyone provide a link or name a source for information for the typical layout of a British marching camp? Or of an actual layout of the Isandlwana camp?

2) Where would the ammunition wagons have been? The cooks? The field hospital (if any)?

3) Where would the oxen and wagon horses have been tethered?

4) When did the 3rd Zikali Horse leave Rorke's Drift in the morning, and when did they return?

5) When did they arrive in camp? Did they actually participate in the fighting?

6) Did they deliver Durnford's ammo wagon? And where would they have left it, assuming they were almost immediately put in the firing line?

7) Depending on when they arrived, why didn't they see the Zulu right horn making its sweep?

Thanks In Advance!

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Howard Fielding
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PostSubject: Re: New Member - Old Questions?   New Member - Old Questions? EmptyTue Sep 07, 2021 10:59 pm

1. David Jackson has a great breakdown in Hill of the Sphinx.
2. The ammunition wagons would be located in the wagon parks behind each camp. Not sure where Vause left Durnford's ammunition wagon that he escorted in. The 1/24th and 2/24th each had a reserve ammunition wagon. There likely was a third reserve wagon with 2/24th ammunition set aside by QM Bloomfield for Chelmsford's force. I'm pretty sure the NNC had their own ammunition wagons; can't find anything to confirm or deny it. Ditto for the mounted men, primarily armed with Swinburne Henrys.
3. Almost positive behind the camps, not sure where though.
4-5. No. 3 Troop, Zikhali Horse, commanded by Lieut. Wyatt Vause departed Durnford's encampment with the main body of No. 2 Column at around 0730. Upon arrival, No. 3 Troop was sent back to escort in the No. 2 Column wagons. They returned in time to participate in the skirmishing on Mkwene Hill and below the escarpment.
6. That is the real question...
7. They arrived well prior to the right horn emerging from the Manzimnyama River Valley.

I've attached a photo of Wyatt Vause and a period diagram of a British encampment FYSA. Also, welcome to the forum.
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Thanks! Very Happy
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