On 11 January the British Empire went to war with the independent kingdom of Zululand. The British anticipated a swift and decisive victory, placing great. British Fortifications in Zululand by Ian Knight, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Author: Ian Knight, Illustrator: Adam Hook About this book: On 11 January the British Empire went to war with the independent kingdom of Zululand.

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Concerning these Capt Bindon Blood, R. Description Throughout the Anglo-Zulu wars, the British fortified almost every position they occupied in Zululand, from permanent column depots to temporary halts on the lines of communication.

All three invading columns were met by a concerted Zulu response between 22 and 24 January. A number of wagons parked close by were dragged into a makeshift laager and piled up with supplies, and a shallow trench hastily dug around it. Sometimes, they would fulfil both these roles in turn, as was the case with Fort Crealock.

Anglo-Zulu War – Wikipedia

However, the activities of the missionaries were unwelcome to Cetshwayo. He was a prominent critic of Sir Bartle Frere’s efforts to depict the Zulu kingdom as a threat to Natal. Defenders were placed in both buildings, and loopholes knocked through the walls with pickaxes. I am astonished at not hearing from you”. Hampered by darkness – which made even the limited co-ordination of the daylight attacks impossible – and unable to force an entry into the British position, the Zulu zulu,and to withdraw in the early hours of the 23rd, forrtifications by dawn the following morning they had abandoned the field.

It required the addition to Chelmsford’s forces of small volunteer unit, raised from the white settler population, and of several hastily raised regiments of African auxiliaries, to make Chelmsford’s army viable at all.

In shape it was oblong, widening somewhat at the eastern end, and shaped to a point. Their crossing in turn was covered by the Transvaal Rangers on the opposite bank. The interior walls were of sun-dried mud brick, plastered over.

Wolseley wasted no time in discarding Bartle Frere’s confederation scheme and drew up a new scheme which divided Zululand into thirteen chiefdoms headed by compliant chiefs which ensured that the Zulus would no longer unite under a single king and made internal divisions and civil wars inevitable.


The complete absence of any defensive works to protect the camp at Isandlwana was a conspicuous element in the Briti h defeat, while the Zulu inability to overcome even the hasty defences erected at Rorke’s Drift made the advantages of uch works obvious. Nor was it zulland necessary that there be a supply of water within the fort itself.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Despite their successes at Kambula, Gingindlovu and Eshowe, they were right back where they had started from at the beginning of January.

One perennial problem for the garri on would remain the safety of the column’s oxen. Overall the position measured roughly ft across by ft. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Zulu War to the Boer War. Matters were brought to a head when three sons and a brother of the Zulu chief Sirayo organized a raid into Natal and carried off two women who were under British protection.

Kingdom of Mapungubwe c. However, the successive British annexations, and in particular the annexation of West Griqualand, caused a climate of simmering unease for the Boer republics. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

When the Zulu attacks faltered, the British cavalry and auxiliaries sallied out to drive them from the field. Colenso’s campaigns revealed the racialist foundation underpinning the colonial regime in Natal and made him enemies among the colonists. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This article includes a list of referenceszululane its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Battle of Hlobane; mounted troops of No. The destruction of the Centre Column It: That evening Chelmsford issued his orders. In plan it was an oblong with projecting fortofications at the corners, and it followed the usual design of an outer trench with zululanr inside. In the battle’s aftermath, a frotifications of some 4, Zulu reserves mounted an unauthorised raid on the nearby British army border post of Rorke’s Drift and were driven off after 10 hours of ferocious fighting.

The pretext for the war had its origins in border disputes between the Zulu leader, Cetshwayoand the Boers in the Transvaal region. At night, the interior of the fort was not a pleasant place to be.

British Fortifications in Zululand 1879

Zulu regiments had to charge forward directly into massed rifle fire, non-stop fortifiications from the Gatling guns and the artillery firing canister shot at point-blank range. In the weeks after the battles, life nonetheless remained extremely unpleasant for the garrisons at both Rorke’s Drift and Helpmekaar. To counteract this, Wynne built ‘caponiers’ – covered ways – in the middle of the long south wall and near the main entrance. The Dust Rose Like Smoke: The Zulus massed behind the stone wall – gortifications a few feet from the foot of the terrace in front of the hospital – with relative impunity.


Army standing orders laid down that companies were never to be broken up into detachments, so the least garrison in any one case had to be one company. On their arrival, Pearson’s fortificatons camped along the ridge on either ide of the mission.

Traditional laagers were formed by encircling the wagons and drawing the tran port oxen in ide; they could be hastily formed by wagontrains of settlers on trek, or by farmers in anticipation of an attack, to serve as a rallying point and place of refuge.

The rest suffered terribly from close-range rifle fire and from the guns, which had turned to face them, and retired back down into the shelter of the valley.

British Fortifications in Zululand Fortress. At Gingindlovu, however, a ‘shelter trench’ – a trench with the earth thrown up inside to form a rampart – was dug all around the laager, leaVing room for the men to form up between the wagons and the rampart.

Although the young men who made up the bulk of the Zulu army were confident that they could overrun the BritiSh as they had at Isandlwana, the king forbade them to attack entrenchments, warning them that ‘if you put your faces into the lairs of the wild beasts, you are sure to get clawed’.

Knight, Ian; Castle, Ian Once the fort wa ecure, Wynne turned hi attention to trying to open communication with the garrisons at the border. The fort at E howe would prove the most ambitious work ziluland in Zululand during the war. At 1789 last two sites, the pentagonal redoubts are connected by breastworks, enclosing a diamond-shaped area between them One fortfications the obstacles to such a scheme was fortifciations presence of the independent states of the South African Republicinformally known as the Transvaal Republic, and the Kingdom of Zululand.