Why were British troops slaughtered at Isandlwana - Page 11




 
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February 27th, 2012  
Trooper1854
 
 
I have promissed myself that I will visit these places.
I have read so much about the war, the people involved, I want to stand there and see it for myself.
Need to win the lottery.
February 27th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Originally Posted by Trooper1854
I have promissed myself that I will visit these places.
I have read so much about the war, the people involved, I want to stand there and see it for myself.
Need to win the lottery.
As it happens Trooper it's not that expensive. Accommodation can be quite cheap, obviously depending where you go, and you need a hire car.
March 13th, 2013  
udaka
 
Because the machine-gun were not invent in 1879, if the machines gun use at there, not mention 25000 ZULU'S, even double time the Zulu must lose.



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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
Why were over 1000 British troops massacred at Isandlwana 22nd January 1879 against a force of 25,000 Zulu's (25 to 1 Zulu advantage) while Rorkes Drift 22nd to 23rd January 1879 with just over 100 troops held out against 4,000 Zulu's (44 to 1 Zulu advantage).

I have visited both battlefields and I have my own conclusions.

Historians have stated a number of reasons, among which are:-
(1)Lack of ammunition at the firing line.
(2)Difficulty opening ammunition box's which were screwed shut.
(3)Firing lines extended far beyond then they should have been.
(4)Lord Chelmsford should never have split his force to go searching for the Zulu
(5)Poor command by *Brevet*Lieutenant Colonel*Henry Pulleine.
(6)British commanders severely underestimated the Zulu capabilities.*

Recent discoveries have been made that disproves (1) and (2) , proof has been found suggesting the there was plenty of ammunition available, screws used to close the box's were bent suggesting that troops used rifle butts to smash open ammunition box's. Further proof has been found that the firing line extended far beyond then what was originally thought.

In my opinion (3) (4) (5) and (6) are mainly responsible. Could the outcome of battle been different if fought differently?

While it was a close run thing, Rorkes Drift held out with junior officers in command.

I'd be interested in other views.
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March 13th, 2013  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Do shut up udaka, you don't know what you are talking about.
March 13th, 2013  
udaka
 
you want me shut up ,NO ,I never shut up ,what can do do? ban me or bomb my ass,ha,ha.
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
Do shut up udaka, you don't know what you are talking about.
March 13th, 2013  
hawky94
 
 
Mods... can you please do either of the above-mentioned...
March 13th, 2013  
Capt Frogman
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by udaka
you want me shut up ,NO ,I never shut up ,what can do do? ban me or bomb my ass,ha,ha.
March 13th, 2013  
Capt Frogman
 
 
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Originally Posted by hawky94
Mods... can you please do either of the above-mentioned...
The mods can bomb people's asses?
March 13th, 2013  
hawky94
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt Frogman
The mods can bomb people's asses?
Sure hope not!
March 14th, 2013  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by udaka
you want me shut up ,NO ,I never shut up ,what can do do? ban me or bomb my ass,ha,ha.
I do not suffer fools and quite frankly you are a fool.

So much for Chinese communist education. You are the weakest link, goodbye.
 


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