Zulu War – Battle of Inyezane Refight

February 1, 2010 in AAR, Colonials

Well the big day has come and gone.
But how did we stack up against events on the day?

On Saturday the Evesham Wargames Club Re-fought the Battle of Inyezane, not a bad effort for a club that 3 months ago had no figures for the Zulu War. Over 100 Brits and 500 Zulu’s in three months.
I am pleased to report a British Victory albeit like many a Zulu encounter a close run thing.

The British were ordered to cross the drift and push over the ridge line to capture or destroy the Zulu Kraal in order to limit the Zulu reinforcements in the area and whilst they were unable to push over the ridge by the end of the day, their steady fire was enough to inflict sufficient casualties on the Zulu army to shatter it as an effective fighting force.

The Zulu command was forced to attack the British line piece meal and whilst closed on several occasions the supporting fire from other British Companies was enough to drive them off.
Next stop Gingindlovu.

The View from the British River Crossing with the ridge rising in the centre and the Kraal seen to the top right right of the table.

Initial British Deployments with the 99th Foot and Native Horse crossing the Drift.
Natal Carbineers shield the Left Flank and escort the wagons.



The British on the Move.


The Zulu Right Horn emerges from the Ridge Line.


View from the British Lines.The Zulu Left Horn bursts from cover.
Whilst the Giraffe keeps right on chewing.
The British stand Fast with Naval Brigade and Artillery in Support.


View from the British lines as the attack develops.
The range markers were to prove invaluable in giving the British the extra bonuses to break the attacking Zulu’s.


The right horn closes with the British Flank.
Close ranges volley’s are able to inflict sufficent casualties to drive them off.


The chest charges for the British Centre only to be stopped by a combination of rifle fire, artillery and Machine Gun fire.


The final push by the Zulu Impi’s, Frontier Horse hold up the attacking Zulu’s before breaking them with a well timed charge.

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