GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again

John Lawrence jlawrence at
Thu Jan 19 14:16:20 CST 2012

Easy for you you say.
There is no way to prove or disprove that statement.
It would have been a quite different disposition had they been available. 
And they would have made it a different battle.
Saving Custer?
Hard to say.

Tom Barrett <tbarrett21 at> wrote:

>Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>(I know...Custer was dead by the time of the Zulu war...)
>The British used their Gatlings quite effectively during the Battle of
>Ulundi, the final battle of the Zulu War, but the situation was very
>different from LBH. They marched in a battle square almost into the Zulu
>Capitol, Ulundi, with several pieces of artillery and several Gatlings on
>the corners of the formation.  They dared the Zulus to attack and the Zulus
>complied.  The British infantry mowed them down with fire from their (single
>shot) Martini-Henrys, but after action reports showed the most bodies in
>front of the Gatlings!  
>Custer couldn't have done that, and I believe his decision to leave the
>Gatlings behind was the right decision.  They wouldn't have saved him.
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>Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>In a message dated 1/19/2012 2:30:18 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
>jgrim1941 at writes:
>If I  remember the books and movie I saw about Isandlawana they had plenty
>of  ammo but the quartermaster wouldn't allow the distribution without
>written  requisitions and the implements to open the closed crates were  not
>present.  Ahhh...British military custom.  You gotta love it  unless you are
>being attacked by thousands of screaming  savages.
>There has been some debate as to exactly what happened with ammo  
>distribution at Isandlwana, including the possibility that there were
>screwdrivers to open up the new-fangled ammo cases, but in the end  it seems
>to come down to just too many disciplined foes with very sharp  spears.
>Bruce  Trinque
>Amston, CT
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