GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again-HOOK
lawrence at rwlcpa.com
Thu Jan 19 16:52:01 CST 2012
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Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
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.
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