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Battle of Isandlwana by Britains

Battle of Isandlwana by Britains

The new Isandlwana Series begins with a cross section of figures and accessories to help recreate the battle. Durnford and some of his troopers as well as new 24th Foot figures with an ox wagon and tents make up the first release of British figures and accessories. A new Zulu Regiment, the uVe, who were in the Zulu left horn and would have been some of the first to engage Durnford, also join the initial line up. Many more releases for this range are planned for 2010

What must of British Lt. Col. (Brevet Colonel) Durnford thought as he and his troopers crested the ridge and peered down into a valley covered with 25,000 Zulu warriors? Did he believe that the British, native and auxiliary troops back at camp next to Isandlwana could defeat them or did he know it was only a matter of time? His troopers withdrew in an orderly fashion, dismounting and pouring a devastating fire into the oncoming Zulu, then remounting and pulling back to another position. As his final position began to be overrun he gave orders to fall back to the camp, at which point the entire British position gave way. The battle then degenerated into a series of last stands and hand-to-hand fighting by the remaining British troops. All in all 1,300 defenders were killed with only about 60 Europeans surviving.

As the Zulu army closed on the British encampment at Isandlwana, the Zulus saw the British already deployed to meet them. Two British Royal Artillery 7 pdr field guns had been pushed far forward from the tents and were supported on either side by a thin screen of infantry. The Zulu uMcijo regiment found themselves facing the British guns and initially sought cover, becoming pinned down, but was rallied forward by the Zulu officer Mkhosana Biyela. Their pride stung, the uMcijo rose up and pushed forward into the teeth of the British fire, shaking their war-shields and shouting the war-cry, 'uSuthu!'Ahead of them, the British had already begun to fall back towards the camp. Even so, the speed of the charge took them by surprise - it took just a few minutes for the Artillery crews to drag the guns back towards the waiting limbers but the uMcijo were on them before they could complete the manoeuvre. One gunner was stabbed as he tried to climb onto a gun-seat and the limber crews kicked the horses into a gallop; the guns set off with the remaining gunners running behind.

The gunners on foot were soon run down and killed. Panic-stricken men from several units grabbed at the guns and harnesses as they went past, a lucky few pulling themselves on board the limbers. Yet there was no safety in retreat, either, for the Zulu right 'horn' had already passed behind the mountain and cut the track to Rorke's Drift. The guns veered off across open country, bouncing and clattering over the rocky ground until, at last, they stuck for a moment in a donga - and the Zulus caught them, spearing horses, riders and passengers alike.

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BR20060 -- British Lt. Colonel Anthony Durnford, RE

BR20060
Released June 2010!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20061 -- Natal Carabineers Trooper - Standing Firing No.1

BR20061
Released May 2010!
In Stock
$28.00

BR20065 -- British 24th Foot -- Drummer Boy No.1

BR20065
Released December 2010!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20069 -- British 24th Foot - Stretcher Bearer Set

BR20069
Released September 2010! Limited Edition of 1000.
In Stock
$76.00

BR20070 -- British Bell Tent

BR20070
Released October 2010! Please note for International Orders our "Reduced shipping promotion" is available, contact us for details!
In Stock
$48.00

BR20071 -- British 24th Foot - Standing Firing No.2

BR20071
Restocked November 2014! Order Now!
In Stock
$28.00

BR20072 -- British 24th Foot - Officer in Patrol Jacket No.1

BR20072
Released December 2010!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20075 -- Ox Wagon

BR20075
Released June 2011.
In Stock
$76.00

BR20077 -- British Collapsed Bell Tent

BR20077
Released November 2010! Please note for International Orders our "Reduced shipping promotion" is available, contact us for details!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20079 -- Zulu War British - Accessory Set No.2

BR20079
Released December 2010!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20080 -- British Natal Mounted Police - Wounded No.1

BR20080
Retired January 2012! Order Now!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20081 -- British Natal Mounted Police - Standing Firing No.1

BR20081
Retired January 2012! Order Now!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20083 -- British 24th Foot - At The Ready No.1

BR20083
Restocked February 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20089 -- British Royal Artillery 7 Pound Gun and Crew No.2, "Last Shot"

BR20089
Released September 2011! Limited Edition of 800
In Stock
$150.00

BR20090 -- Zulu Warrior Firing Flintlock Musket No.1

BR20090
Released October 2011!
In Stock
$30.00

BR20094 -- British 24th Foot in Shirtsleeves At the Ready No.1

BR20094
Released December 2011!
In Stock
$32.00

Royal Artillery Gun Team No.1,  Desperate Escape, 7 Pound Gun, Limber, Horses, Crew & Zulu Warrior

BR20099
Released January 2013! Limited Edition of 600! Please note for International Orders our Reduced Shipping Promotion applies. Please contact us for details!
In Stock
$700.00

BR20114 -- British Watercart

BR20114
Released May 2014!
In Stock
$38.00

BR20123 -- A Pistol Indeed - 24th Foot Private Firing Pistol and Dead 24th Foot Officer

BR20123
Released November 2013!
Temporarily Out of Stock, Preorder Now
$64.00

BR20127 -- Zulu Twilight No.1 - Dead Zulu on Mealie Bags and Another on the Ground

BR20127
Released February 2014!
In Stock
$70.00

BR20128 -- Zulu Twilight No.2  Dead Zulu on Biscuit Boxes and Another on the Ground

BR20128
Released February 2014!
In Stock
$74.00

BR20129 -- Seaman Aynsley's Demise - Hand-to-Hand Set with Seaman Aynsley and Two Zulus

BR20129
Released February 2014! Limited Edition of 500!
In Stock
$96.00

BR20133 -- Natal Native Contingent with Rifle

BR20133
Released February 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20134 -- Natal Native Contingent with Spear

BR20134
Released February 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20135 -- Zulu uMbonambi Defending No.2

BR20135
Released February 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20136 -- Zulu uMbonambi Regiment Advancing No.1

BR20136
Released March 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20137 -- Zulu uMbonambi Regiment Thrust No.1

BR20137
Released March 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20138 -- Zulu uMbonambi Regiment Pointing Spear No.1

BR20138
Released May 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20140 -- Zulu Warrior Throwing Spear No.1

BR20140
Released February 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20141 -- 90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Light Infantry Corporal Graham Running, Rifle Leveled & Jacket Open.

BR20141
Released May 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20142 -- 3rd (East Kent) Regiment, The Buffs, Sgt. Milne Standing Parrying with Bayonet

BR20142
Released May 2014!
In Stock
$32.00

BR20150 -- "Overrun" - British 24th Foot Ambulance overrun by Zulu Warriors

BR20150
Released October 2014 Order now
In Stock
$420.00
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