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Battle of the Thugela Zulu v Boers Victorian Steel

Postby dhtandco » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:29 pm

A Voortrekker deputation to Port Natal to ask the English Settlement for assistance against the Zulus was met with success.In 1838 John Cane and Robert Biggar with 14 other English settlers, 30 Hottentots and over 3000 native levies went as an expeditionary force in support to the Voortrekkers Commandos of Uys and Potgieter.After crossing the Tugela River the Expenditionary force came across the Zulu military Kraal Ndondakusuka where they destroyed and burnt the huts, but the lack of full resistance soon indicated that this was a trap and as dawn slowly appeared some 10,000 Zulu warriors appeared on the scene and fierce fighting ensued.The line of retreat across the river was cut off and the expeditionary force was surrounded.Thus on the 17th April 1838 ended the battle of Tugela,a few of the expeditionary force escaped from this battle, namely George Duffy, Joseph Brown, Robert Joyce,Dick King.Two or three Hottentots and a mere handful of the natal levies.



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The expeditionary force starts at the center of the table, the Zulus start with initiative, the idea is we never let the Expeditionary force player to know that all he had to do was fall back and cross the ford and the game was won for saving the day.



Positions at the beginning of the battle



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The expeditionary force



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Scouts ahead give the all clear to spring the ambush



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Zulu head/loins



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The Zulu head/loins view of the battlefield



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Turn three map positions



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The Zulu right horn



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The Zulu left horn, you can see the right horn in melee on the far side



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map four positions, loses on both sides, the Zulu left horn could no longer advance and the expeditionary left was about to crumble, the elite head/loins now advance



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The Zulu right horn in melee



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Map five and it was a case of game over for the Expeditionary force, nobody escaped in the game and the loser did think about crossing the ford and was kicking himself.



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Re: Battle of the Thugela Zulu v Boers Victorian Steel

Postby wookiee » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:20 am

Looking good dhtandco nice report.

Unfortunately it only goes and reminds me I have a load of Zulus still left to paint... as and when I can get back round to them :oops:
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Re: Battle of the Thugela Zulu v Boers Victorian Steel

Postby olicana » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:27 pm

Nice, very nice
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