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Zululand Tour day 8 -Khambula

Today after waking to find the local wildlife playing outside our room , we headed off to Khambula .After the defeat at Hlobane ,Wood moved and strengthened his camp by moving his wagons into lager and then a using a large knoll that was fortified with earth works and trenches as his main fort ,off to one side was acattle krall .Wood also had some artillery which was placed between the lager ,fort and Krall .The Zulus were reluctant to attack after the lesson learnt at Rorkes Drift and Wood sent Redvers (pronounced Reevers ) Buller out with his cavalry to get the Zulus to prematurly attack which they did and the mounted troops only just made it back to the British Lines.As the battle raged the Zulus dug in and started to snipe at the British so Wood ordered agroupof the 90th to go out and clear away the snipers this went horribly wrong with the Officer in charge Major Hackett being blinded and another officer killed .The Zulus pressed home a number of attacks but eventually fell back and started to withdraw ,

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Zululand Tour day 7 -Hlobane and a safari drive

Today included a visit to Hlobane Mountain (pronounced Clobane ) the scene of another British Blunder involving miss timed attacks mistaken orders and Brave incidents against a well planned and disciplined Zulu attack with the addition of a huge Zulu impi arriving at the wrong time for the British .The Colonial losses were more than 200 including the Honourable RGE Campbell and Mr Llewllyn Lloyd ,Campbell dying in a poor action to steal some cattle led by Evelyn Wood ,after Campbell was killed ,Wood seemed to lose the plot and made some amazingly bad decisions which led to the death of Lloyd . The flight down Devils pass is stuff of legend with 2 VC's being awarded and the Death of Piet Uys one of the few Boer Leaders to take an active part in the AZW .Later a early evening safari around Ithala was taken with breath taking scenery and wild life sadly we did not spot the elephants or Leopards although the chase through the bush in the dark looking for leopards was exciting .The marker to Campbell and Lloyd&nbs

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Zululand tour Day 5 Intombe Drift

Today we visited the site of the battle of Intombe Driftanother disaster for the British but producing another hero , Sergeant Booth who won the VC for sfter being deserted by thier officer led the men of the 80th in a fighting withdrawal saving around 30-40 men .The British Force had been split and occupied both sides of the drift when the zulus attacked through a heavy mist ,the officer in charge ,captain Moriarty  was one of the first to die after shooting 3 zulus he was assagied in the back and shouted "I am done boys ,fire away " but the zulu slaughter was swift and the second in command Lieutenant Harwood jumped on a horse and informed the men he was fetching help and promptly disappeared .Booths fighting retreat was the only highlight for the British a force of not many more than 500 zulus had defeated a forcee of 100 British Regulars . We then visited the memorial to aGerman called Fitter of the Schernbruckers horse and a Daneish translator called Larson  who died in the fighting in the area

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Zululand tour Day 6 Intombe Drift

Today we visited the site of the battle of Intombe Driftanother disaster for the British but producing another hero , Sergeant Booth who won the VC for sfter being deserted by thier officer led the men of the 80th in a fighting withdrawal saving around 30-40 men .The British Force had been split and occupied both sides of the drift when the zulus attacked through a heavy mist ,the officer in charge ,captain Moriarty  was one of the first to die after shooting 3 zulus he was assagied in the back and shouted "I am done boys ,fire away " but the zulu slaughter was swift and the second in command Lieutenant Harwood jumped on a horse and informed the men he was fetching help and promptly disappeared .Booths fighting retreat was the only highlight for the British a force of not many more than 500 zulus had defeated a forcee of 100 British Regulars . We then visited the memorial to aGerman called Fitter of the Schernbruckers horse and a Daneish translator called Larson  who died in the fighting in the area

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Zululand day 5

`today we left Shakaland after a evening learning to stick fight and throw spears which was great fun , stick fighting is still the standard way to sort out differences although you can cause as much damage you want without the police getting involved you can no longer kill your opponant which seems not to be in favour with the Zulus .We headed fpr our next hotel the Itahla Game reserve ,on route we took in the battle of Ulundi and The site of Cetshwayos royal palace at Ondini . First stop was at the remote site of 2 Graves James Scott Douglas of the Royal Scots Fusiliers and William Cotter of the 17th Lancers , The pair were ambushed in a thick mist both put up a fight but were killled ,their bodies found a week later and buried on the spot were they fell .Ulundi Battlefield is marked by a fenced area that supposedly marks the shape of the British Square ( its not quite right ) and contains ahuge memorial and the graves of the British and colonial troops who fell ,it also contains a small memorial to the zul

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Zululand day 4

`today we left Shakaland after a evening learning to stick fight and throw spears which was great fun , stick fighting is still the standard way to sort out differences although you can cause as much damage you want without the police getting involved you can no longer kill your opponant which seems not to be in favour with the Zulus .We headed fpr our next hotel the Itahla Game reserve ,on route we took in the battle of Ulundi and The site of Cetshwayos royal palace at Ondini . First stop was at the remote site of 2 Graves James Scott Douglas of the Royal Scots Fusiliers and William Cotter of the 17th Lancers , The pair were ambushed in a thick mist both put up a fight but were killled ,their bodies found a week later and buried on the spot were they fell .Ulundi Battlefield is marked by a fenced area that supposedly marks the shape of the British Square ( its not quite right ) and contains ahuge memorial and the graves of the British and colonial troops who fell ,it also contains a small memorial to the zul

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zululand tour day 3

Today we returned to Eshowe to visit the site of King Cetshawayos death and then on to his grave .After the Zulu defeat at Ulundi Cetshawayo was eventually caught and imprisoned he was sent to London where he became a favourite of Queen Victoria .Later when it became obviuos to the British things were still unsettled in Zululand and they decided to reinstate the King but only in part of the country ,Zululand was divided into 13 states or areas .Cetshawayo returned but was soon involved in clashes with other zulu chiefs and was wounded by zulus led by Uzibhebhu with help from Boers , the King escaped and went to Eshowe to ask for help from the British ,he died afew days later ,the Zulus refused an autopsy and the official reason for death was an heart attack but rumours of poison were and still are rife .  After his death his followers carried out the ritual for burial of kings by putting him a sitting position wrapped in hides and sat him in a hut attended by a number of zulu girls  ,he was left lik

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zululand tour day 4

Today we returned to Eshowe to visit the site of King Cetshawayos death and then on to his grave .After the Zulu defeat at Ulundi Cetshawayo was eventually caught and imprisoned he was sent to London where he became a favourite of Queen Victoria .Later when it became obviuos to the British things were still unsettled in Zululand and they decided to reinstate the King but only in part of the country ,Zululand was divided into 13 states or areas .Cetshawayo returned but was soon involved in clashes with other zulu chiefs and was wounded by zulus led by Uzibhebhu with help from Boers , the King escaped and went to Eshowe to ask for help from the British ,he died afew days later ,the Zulus refused an autopsy and the official reason for death was an heart attack but rumours of poison were and still are rife .  After his death his followers carried out the ritual for burial of kings by putting him a sitting position wrapped in hides and sat him in a hut attended by a number of zulu girls  ,he was left lik

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Zulu Tour day 3

On day 2 after Breakfast we went down to the beach and looked at the area of beach were Henry francis Flynn met Shaka zulus army for the first time , with the Indian Ocean breaking on the shore it was great listening to the story told by Ian we also got to watch a large number of dolphins playing just off shore . We left Princess Grant and headed inland to the battlefield of Gingindlovu where Chelmsfords forces met the Zulu army whilst trying to break the siege of Eshowe .The Battlefield today is covered in crops of sugar cane and the cemetery is overgrown .This bloody battle  for the British forces is usually forgotten but was a decisive victory for Chelmsfords forces only losing around 11 men and inflicting over 1000 dead upon the Zulu .We moved up to the next battle field of Nyezane where Pearsons column encountered the Zulus in very hilly ground with the naval brigade showing thier worth and turning the zulus . A few monuments overgrown and fenced off are the only things marking this battle . Next we

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Zulu Tour day2

On day 2 after Breakfast we went down to the beach and looked at the area of beach were Henry francis Flynn met Shaka zulus army for the first time , with the Indian Ocean breaking on the shore it was great listening to the story told by Ian we also got to watch a large number of dolphins playing just off shore . We left Princess Grant and headed inland to the battlefield of Gingindlovu where Chelmsfords forces met the Zulu army whilst trying to break the siege of Eshowe .The Battlefield today is covered in crops of sugar cane and the cemetery is overgrown .This bloody battle  for the British forces is usually forgotten but was a decisive victory for Chelmsfords forces only losing around 11 men and inflicting over 1000 dead upon the Zulu .We moved up to the next battle field of Nyezane where Pearsons column encountered the Zulus in very hilly ground with the naval brigade showing thier worth and turning the zulus . A few monuments overgrown and fenced off are the only things marking this battle . Next we

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Tour of Zululand -Day 1 and 2 and Ian Knight

I have decided to do a day by day review of our reccent trip to Zululand with Ian Knight ,there was so much to see and do and between Elaine and myself we took well over 1000 photographs . Ian Knight met us at Heathrow before our flight out ,Ian has been one of my favourite authors for many years and I am glad to say he is a fantastic person with a great sense of humour and a real passion for the AZW and the Zulu people and culture . After a very long flight to Johannesburg we were rushed through the airport to a plane to fly us to Durban ,where we met Paul our South African tour manager ,a ex south african soldier who is now a very succesful architect who again just loves the Zulu history , he got us through some awkward moments with the white boers and kept Ian moving along and regailed us with amazing stories each night .Our Driver was a zulu called April who was a very well educated man who could speak 11 languages . On the way to our first hotel we visited Stanger ,which even though it was a modern town

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Tour of Zululand -Day 1 and Ian Knight

I have decided to do a day by day review of our reccent trip to Zululand with Ian Knight ,there was so much to see and do and between Elaine and myself we took well over 1000 photographs . Ian Knight met us at Heathrow before our flight out ,Ian has been one of my favourite authors for many years and I am glad to say he is a fantastic person with a great sense of humour and a real passion for the AZW and the Zulu people and culture . After a very long flight to Johannesburg we were rushed through the airport to a plane to fly us to Durban ,where we met Paul our South African tour manager ,a ex south african soldier who is now a very succesful architect who again just loves the Zulu history , he got us through some awkward moments with the white boers and kept Ian moving along and regailed us with amazing stories each night .Our Driver was a zulu called April who was a very well educated man who could speak 11 languages . On the way to our first hotel we visited Stanger ,which even though it was a modern town

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Battle Field Tour of Zulu Land

My numerous journeys to Battlefields has taken me around the U.K ,europe,and America but in a few weeks my ambition of visiting the battlefields of the Anglo Zulu war will be realised and to make  it even more special my favourite AZW author Ian Knight will be our guide .Visiting most of the main battle fields and sites of the war we will be stopping in Shakaland zulu village , built for the TV series shaka zulu it now is part living village and part resort , then we move off to a game reseerve for a few days and then onto Isandlwana Lodge for the last few days .I am sure I will bore you all with lots of pictures and tales .The Tour book arrived Our names in print with the great mans ..The Itinerary 

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54mm Durban Mounted Rifles

Another 54mm AZW figure to stand guard over my AZW library ,again a Benito figure but this time a trooper from the Durban Mounted Rifles ,a small unit but colourful ,when mustered in1878 they numbered 3 officers and 63 men ,they saw very little action acting mainly as scouts .Durban Mounted Rifles alongside his comrade from the Frontier light horse 

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