GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again-HOOK

Robert Lawrence lawrence at
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 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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