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PostSubject: Hitching Oxen to Wagons   Hitching Oxen to Wagons EmptySat Aug 17, 2013 2:12 pm

I am building an ox wagon of the general type used by the Brits in the Anglo-Zulu War and I'm having trouble finding the method used for hitching.     All of the models that I've seen show a pole type hitch but I think that is incorrect.    It is stuck in my mind that the Boers used a chain fastened to the back underside of the wagon then brought forward, fasten to front underside then hitched to each yoke.   I'm sure that I read that somewhere but can't find the reference.     That type of hitch, if I recall correctly, made it possible to turn the 12 - 16 ox teams much more tightly.    I've looked at lot of images of oxen in-spanned but none show the attachment clearly.      Can anyone shed light on the method or refer me to a good reference?
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PostSubject: Wagons used in the AZW   Hitching Oxen to Wagons EmptySat Aug 17, 2013 2:30 pm


Hi Snowyowl,
Be very careful about transport wagons used in the AZW. There were two general types, one very common was that used by the transport contractors (usualy Boers, as at Isandlwana ) and the other the British army wagon. They are quite different in appearance. Which one are you modelling ?


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PostSubject: Re: Hitching Oxen to Wagons   Hitching Oxen to Wagons EmptySat Aug 17, 2013 2:43 pm

I wasn't aware that there were two types. The one that i am doing would be the type used by the Boer contractors. I'd like to see both types as I might do a model of the British Army one next.
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PostSubject: Hitching Oxen To Wagons   Hitching Oxen to Wagons EmptySat Aug 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Hi Snowyowl
Try using the search box as I think someone has previously posted some pictures of the wagons used . I'm sure there are pics of the wagons etc in one of the osprey publications .
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PostSubject: Re: Hitching Oxen to Wagons   Hitching Oxen to Wagons EmptySat Aug 17, 2013 6:37 pm

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John Dunn's Laager - KwaJimu Collection.

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Crossing a Drift - KwaJimu Collection.

These are the examples of the local wagons and ox-harness.

I try a dig out a GS Wagon for you.

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