"One party of soldiers came out from among the tents and formed up a little above the ammunition- waggons. They held their ground there until their ammunition failed them, when they were nearly all assegaied. Those that were not killed at this place formed again in a solid square in the neck of Sandhlwana. They were completely surrounded on all sides, and stood back to back, and surrounding some men who were in the centre. Their ammunition was now done, except that they had some revolvers which they fired at us at close quarters. We were quite unable to break their square until we had killed a great many of them, by throwing our assegais at short distances. We eventually overcame them in this way."
"The above is corroborated on all main points by Mehlokazulu, son of Sihayo, who states that he was sent with three other indunas(mounted), on the morning of the 22nd, to see what the English were doing. On reporting to Tshingwayo, he said, " All right, we will see what they are going to do." " Presently," says Mehlokazulu, " I
heard Tshingwayo give orders for the Tulwana and Ngyaza regiments to assemble. When they had done so, he gave orders for the others"
Source: HISTORY OF THE ZULU WAR AND ITS ORIGIN. 1880.
And then this
From No. 1415 Thomas Thomas of Ystalyfera to his Uncle and Aunt. 1
19 February 1879
I am very sorry to tell you that we see very hard times of it out here now. We are on the march all the time and we have not seen a bit of bread this last two months, only biscuits all the time and we are often on the road for two or three days at a stretch, that we don't get coffee or tea, only dry biscuit; it is an awful place for water. Another thing, we have to write with powder and water and I had to pay fourpence for this sheet of paper and envelope...
We had a very hard fight for about three hours at a place called Isandhlwana. The Zulus attacked our camp and as soon as we saw them coming, we struck the tents and formed square around the ammunition, and we kept them back for three hours. The General was not with us at the time; he was out somewhere and the colonel that was in command of us (as soon as he saw the Zulus retiring) ordered us to advance after them. We went about 300 yards and they were so many that they came in our rear and took the camp and everything that belonged to us; they came about us so thick that we could not handle our guns and then we knocked them down with the butt of the gun; the Zulus killed about 1841 of our fellows altogether but we ourselves killed some of the volunteers because they were running away and the colonel in command shot himself because he knew he had done wrong. He should not have put us to advance after them and leave the ammunition. However, we killed about 6000 that day. David Davies has been killed.
I have read Julian Wybra states that 1415 Thomas Thomas of Ystalyfera was not at Isandwana. So how would he have known the highlighed.
Or is this just Coincidental.