WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM

Film Zulu Dawn:General Lord Chelmsford: For a savage, as for a child, chastisement is sometimes a kindness. Sir Henry Bartle Frere: Let us hope, General, that this will be the final solution to the Zulu problem.
 
HomeHome  GalleryGallery  Latest imagesLatest images  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  
Latest topics
» Zibhebhu and Cetshwayo's family
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyYesterday at 9:25 pm by Hobbes

» Smith's Store/Hotel
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue May 14, 2024 7:17 pm by Petty Officer Tom

» Inspector-General Evelyn Richard Hugh Pollard
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue May 14, 2024 10:13 am by ADMIN

» Alfred Fairlie Henderson photographs.
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat May 11, 2024 8:01 am by Julian Whybra

» Zulu "Corps"
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat May 04, 2024 10:44 pm by Julian Whybra

» Fairlie's Native Police
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyThu May 02, 2024 9:12 pm by Hobbes

» 24th Regiment side drum a plea for help
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyThu May 02, 2024 6:11 pm by General Gordon

» Francis Shirley Russell 14th Hussars
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyMon Apr 29, 2024 12:20 pm by IntCorpsMedals

» Looking for the medal to 1423 Pte. W. Gregg/Greig
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Apr 27, 2024 1:46 am by sam steele

» 1409 Pte David Lloyd, Defender of Rorke's Drift
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyFri Apr 26, 2024 8:48 pm by Julian Whybra

» The curious tale of Cetshwayo's "gunpowder depot" and an aggressive snake
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyThu Apr 25, 2024 9:36 am by Hobbes

» Anson A. Mayer/Maher
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue Apr 23, 2024 7:10 pm by cmeghen

» Late Father's Militaria Collection
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySun Apr 21, 2024 2:16 pm by Julian Whybra

» A Hungarian soldier in the Zulu War (?)
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySun Apr 21, 2024 11:28 am by Eddie

» Lieut. B. Pohl, No. 7 Coy 1/3 Natal Native Contingent
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Apr 20, 2024 9:26 am by SRB1965

» No. 985. PTE. EDWARD READ. 2-24 Regt. (South Wales Borders).
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySun Apr 14, 2024 8:12 pm by Julian Whybra

» Private Willis 2/24th Regiment his letter from South Africa
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Apr 13, 2024 2:49 pm by 1879graves

» Sickness among Crealock's men
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyFri Apr 12, 2024 4:52 pm by Hobbes

» Wheeler John Cantwell DCM, RD survivor of the Royal Horse Artillery
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue Apr 09, 2024 5:20 pm by Kenny

» Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySun Apr 07, 2024 5:44 pm by Jager1

» Private 1941 Samuel MacClue / McClune 1/24th Regiment
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySun Apr 07, 2024 3:11 pm by Dash

» Sergeant W E Warren RA - Veteran
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySun Apr 07, 2024 10:50 am by DavidS

» "With 6 good riflemen"
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Apr 06, 2024 5:10 pm by Hobbes

» Punch's view of Chelmsford's tactics!
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyWed Apr 03, 2024 5:17 pm by SRB1965

» Colonialism: A Moral Legacy
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyMon Apr 01, 2024 11:16 am by Julian Whybra

» John Robert Dunn
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Mar 30, 2024 12:09 pm by 90th

» An early memorial to the Prince Imperial?
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Mar 30, 2024 10:35 am by John Young

» The Poem "A Child Hero" referring to Rupert Weatherley
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyFri Mar 29, 2024 1:07 pm by Bongo

» Writing advice
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue Mar 26, 2024 2:26 pm by Julian Whybra

» Private John Scott 24th Regiment a fugitive at large
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyWed Mar 20, 2024 12:53 pm by Dash

» Your favourite line from Zulu or Zulu Dawn
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue Mar 19, 2024 4:52 pm by Julian Whybra

» 100,000 posts!
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue Mar 19, 2024 2:20 pm by Julian Whybra

» Zulu Dawn/Zulu - New Immortals Film The Way Forward ?
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Mar 16, 2024 2:34 pm by jgregory

» Badge on 2/60th and 3/60th foreign service helmets
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Mar 16, 2024 11:05 am by John Young

» Corporal James Frowen Williams F Company.
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyFri Mar 15, 2024 9:08 am by Julian Whybra

Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search
May 2024
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
CalendarCalendar
Most active topics
Durnford was he capable.1
Durnford was he capable. 4
Durnford was he capable.5
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Isandlwana, Last Stands
The ammunition question
Durnford was he capable. 3
Durnford was he capable.2
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.
Most Viewed Topics
Please Do Not Post Ads on Our Forum
Google Chrome new standards imposed
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Recent Members To The ZULU WAR 1879 Discussion & Reference Forum ( A Small Victorian War in 1879)
ISANDLWANA SURVIVIORS
The missing five hours.
The ammunition question
Lieutenant Adendorff 1-3 N.N.C.
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Top posting users this month
Julian Whybra
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
Matthew Turl
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
Hobbes
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
John Young
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
Petty Officer Tom
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
ADMIN
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
Stefaan
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
aussie inkosi
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
General Gordon
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_leftA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE BarA ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Bar_right 
New topics
» Zibhebhu and Cetshwayo's family
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyYesterday at 9:25 pm by Hobbes

» Smith's Store/Hotel
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyTue May 14, 2024 7:17 pm by Petty Officer Tom

» Zulu "Corps"
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat May 04, 2024 6:50 pm by Hobbes

» 24th Regiment side drum a plea for help
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyThu May 02, 2024 6:11 pm by General Gordon

» Fairlie's Native Police
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyThu May 02, 2024 1:01 pm by Hobbes

» The curious tale of Cetshwayo's "gunpowder depot" and an aggressive snake
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyWed Apr 24, 2024 3:26 pm by Hobbes

» Lieut. B. Pohl, No. 7 Coy 1/3 Natal Native Contingent
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptySat Apr 20, 2024 12:38 am by WeekendWarrior

» Alfred Fairlie Henderson photographs.
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyFri Apr 19, 2024 7:04 am by John Young

» Late Father's Militaria Collection
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyThu Apr 18, 2024 3:04 pm by A Crockart

Similar topics
Zero tolerance to harassment and bullying.
Due to recent events on this forum, we have now imposed a zero tolerance to harassment and bullying. All reports will be treated seriously, and will lead to a permanent ban of both membership and IP address. Any member blatantly corresponding in a deliberate and provoking manner will be removed from the forum as quickly as possible after the event.  If any members are being harassed behind the scenes PM facility by any member/s here at 1879zuluwar.com please do not hesitate to forward the offending text.  We are all here to communicate and enjoy the various discussions and information on the Anglo Zulu War of 1879. Opinions will vary, you will agree and disagree with one another, we will have debates, and so it goes. There is no excuse for harassment or bullying of anyone by another person on this site. The above applies to the main frame areas of the forum. The ring which is the last section on the forum, is available to those members who wish to partake in slagging matches. That section cannot be viewed by guests and only viewed by members that wish to do so. 
Fair Use Notice
Fair use notice. This website may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorised by the copyright owner. We are making such material and images are available in our efforts to advance the understanding of the “Anglo Zulu War of 1879. For educational & recreational purposes. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material, as provided for in UK copyright law. The information is purely for educational and research purposes only. No profit is made from any part of this website. If you hold the copyright on any material on the site, or material refers to you, and you would like it to be removed, please let us know and we will work with you to reach a resolution.
 

 A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE

Go down 
AuthorMessage
sas1

sas1


Posts : 627
Join date : 2009-01-20
Age : 45

A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE Empty
PostSubject: A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE   A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE EmptyThu Aug 01, 2013 12:21 am

Evening Post, Volume XVII, Issue 512, 17 May 1879

" The Zulu army, consisting of the Ulundi corps, abont 3000 strong ; the Nokenke Regiment, 2000 strong ; the Nkobamakosi Regiment, including the Uve, about 5000 strong ; the Umcityu, about 4000 strong ; the Nodwenga, 2000 strong ; the Umbonambi, 3000 strong ; and the Udkloko, about 1000 strong, or a total of about 20,000 men in all, left the military kraal of Nodwengu on the afternoon of 17th January. It wa3 first addressed by the King, who said :—: — " • I am sending you out against the whites, who have iuvaded ZuTuland and driven away our cattle. You are to go against the column at Rorke's Drift, and drive it back into Natal ; and, if the state of the river will allow, follow it up through Natal, right up to the Drakensburg. You will attack it by daylight, as there are enough of you to ' eat it up,' and you will march slowly, so as not to tire yourselves.' " We accordingly left Nodwengu late in the afternoon, and marched in column to the west bank of the White Umfolosi, about Bix miles distant, where we bivouacked for the night. Next day we marched to the Isipezi military kraal, about nine miles off, where we slept, and on the 19th we ascended to the table land near the Isihlungu hills, a march of about equal duration with that of the day previous. On this day the army, which had hitherto been marching in single column, divided into two, marching parallel to and in sight of each other, that on the left consisting of Nokenke, Umcityu, and Nodwengu Regiments, under the command of Tyingwayo ; the other commanded by Mavumingwana. There were a few mounted meu belonging to the chief Urirayo, who were made use of as scouts. On the 20th we moved across the open country, and slept by the Isipezi Hill. We saw a body of mounted white men on this day to our left (a strong reconnaisance was made on the 20th, to the west of the Isipezi Hill, which waa probably the force here indicated)* On the 21st, keeping away to the eastward, we occupied a valley running north and south under the spurs of the iNgutu Hill, which concealed the leandlana Hill, distant from us about four miles, and nearly due west of our encampment. We had been well fed during our whole march, our scouts driving in cattle and goats, and on that evening we lit our camp fires as uaual. Our scouts also reported to us that they had seen the vedettes of the English force at sunset on some hills west-south- we3t of us (Lord Chelmsford with some of his staff rode up in this direction, and about this time, and saw some of the mounted enemy). Our order of encampment on the 21st January were as follows : —On the extreme right were the Nodwengu, Nokenke, and Umcityu ; the centre was foTmed by the Nkobamakosi and Mbonambi. and the left of the Undi Corps and the Udkloko Regiment. On the morning of the 22nd January, there wa3 no intention whatever of making any attack, on account of a superstition regarding the state of the moon, and we were sitting resting, when firing was heard on our right (the narrator was in the Nonenke Regiment), which we at first imagiued was the Nkobamakosi engaged, and we armed and ran forward in the direction of the sound. We were, however, soon toldit was the white troops fighting with Matyanua's people, some ten miles away to our left front, and returned to our original/ position. Just after we had sat down again, a email herd of cattle came pa3t our line from our right, being driven down by some of our scouts, and just when they were opposite to the Umcityu Regiment, a body of mounted men on the hill to the west were seen galloping, evidently trying to cut them off. When several hundred yards off they perceived the Umcityu, and, dismounting, fired one volley at them and retired. The Umcityu at once jumped up and charged, an example which was taken np by the Nokenke and Nodwengu on their right, and the Nakobamakosi and Mbonambi on the left, while the Undi Corps and the Udkloko formed a circle (as is customary in Zulu warfare when a force h about to be engaged) and remained where they were With the latter were the two commanding officers, Maviming wana and Tyingwayo and several of the King's brothers, who with these two corps bore away to the north-west, after a short pause, and, keeping on the northern side of the Isandlana, performed a turning movement on the right without any opposition from the whites, who, from the nature of the ground, could not see them. Thus the original Zulu left became their extreme right, while their right became their centre, and the centre their left, Pie

two regiments which formed the latter, the Nkobamakos and Mbonambi, made a turning along the front of the camp towards the English right, but became engaged long before they could accomplish it ; and the Uve Regiment, a battalion of the Nkobamakosi, was repulsed, and had to retire until reinforced by the other battalion, while the Mbonambi suffered very severely from the artillery fire. Meanwhile, the centre, consisting of the Umcityu on the left centre, and the Nokenke and Nodwengu higher up on the right, under the hill, were making a direct attack on the left of the camp The Umcityu suffered very severely, both from artillery and musketry fire ; the Nokenke from musketry fire alone ; while the Nodwengu lost least. When we at last carried the | camp our regiments became mixed up ; a portion pursued the fugitives down to the Buffalo river, and the remainder plundered the camp ; while the Uncli and Udkloko Regiments made the best of their way to Rorke's Drift to plunder the post there, in which they failed, and lost very heavily, after fighting all the afternoon and night. We stripped the dead of all their clothes. To my knowledge no one was made prisoner, and I saw no dead body carried away or mutilated. If the doctors carried away any dead bodies for the purpose of afterwards doctoring the army, it waa done without my knowledge of it ; nor did I see any prisoner taken and afterwards killed. I was, however, one of the men who followed the refugees down to the Buffalo river, and only returned to the English camp late in the afternoon. (This portion of the prisoner's statement was made very reluctantly.) The portion of the army which had remained to plunder the camp did so thoroughly, carrying off the maize, breadstuff's (< ie), and stores of all kinds, and drinking all the spirits as were in oamp. Many were drunk, and all laden with their booty ; and towards sunset the whole force moved back to the encampment of the previous night, hastened by having seen another English force approaching from the south. Next morning the greater part of the men dispersed to their homes with their plunder, a few accompanying the principal officers to the King, and they have not re-assembled since.
Back to top Go down
 
A ZULU DESERTER'S ACCOUNT OF ISANDULA BATTLE
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Battle of Ulundi written account by Alfred Dennis
» An account of the battle of Ulundi
» Alfred Henry Hook His account of the battle Rorke's Drift

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM  :: ZULU WAR EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS-
Jump to: