GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again

Batrinque at aol.com Batrinque at aol.com
Thu Jan 19 16:49:50 CST 2012



In a message dated 1/19/2012 3:09:46 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
tbarrett21 at cox.net writes:

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! 
 
The standard Zulu fighting formation with spearmen arranged in tight linear 
 mass formations probably made first-rate targets, unlike the Plains 
Indians  typically operating in a very loose, very mobile fashion.  

Bruce  Trinque
Amston, CT


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