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anglo-Zulu war

The war between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom




Anglo-Zulu War

Nov 19, 1878

Landed men to take part in the Anglo-Zulu War

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Location: Natal



HMS Tenedos Landed a Naval Brigade

Jan 01, 1879

HMS Tenedos landed a Naval Brigade of 3 officers and 58 men, lead by Lieutenant Anthony Kingscote. They marched to the mouth of the Tegula River and built a fort on the Zulu side of the river called Fort Tenedos.

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Location: Natal



Battle of Inyezane

Jan 22, 1879

Battle between British and Zulus at the Inyezane river

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Location: Zululand



Siege of Eshowe

Jan 22, 1879

The naval brigade was besieged by the Zulus at Eshowe

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Location: Zululand



HMS Active Runs Aground

Mar 01, 1879

HMS Active and HMS Tenedos run aground on an unknown shoal while making a survey of Tugela Bay. They were both eventually re-floated, but only after a lot of difficulty.

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Location: Natal



Smallpox is Reported

Mar 18, 1879

Smallpox is reported on HMS Flora and HMS Boadicea

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Location: Southern Africa



Battle of Hlobane

Mar 28, 1879

The British fight their way off the mountain and all the way to Kambula, being persuaded by Zulus all the time

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Location: Zululand



Battle of Kambula

Mar 29, 1879

The Zulus attack but are fought off by artillery

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Location: Zululand



Relief Column Reaches Gingindlovu

Apr 01, 1879

Lord Chelmsford’s column reached the Royal Kraal of Gingindlovu and laagered for the night. John Dunn, Chelmsford’s chief scout, scouted across the Nyezane River. He found a Zulu Army of 11,000 warriors which would attack in the morning.

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Location: Natal



Battle of Gingindhlovo

Apr 02, 1879

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Location: Zululand



The Relief of Eshowe

Apr 03, 1879

The first indication that the men at Eshowe was going to be relieved when they spotted a message being flashed to them via a Heliograph. They flashed a message back using a shaving mirror from the church steeple.

Lord Chelmsford led the relief column, consisting of 3,390 Europeans and 2,280 Africans. Having underestimated the Zulus once, he did not move fast so as not to make the same mistake again. Eshowe was then evacuated and its defences destroyed.

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Location: Zululand



HMS Forester is Attacked

Apr 24, 1879

HMS Forester is attacked by Zulus while two boats from the ship were taking soundings of Port Durnford. A party of sailors were on the beach to survey it when a group of Zulu soldiers opened fire on them with muskets. They retreated to their ship, which opened fire and forced the Zulus to retreat.

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Location: Natal



Battle of Ulundi

Jul 04, 1879

The final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War at the Zulu capital

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Location: Zululand



HMS Forester Arrives At Port Durnford

Jul 12, 1879

HMS Forester arrives at Port Durnford to fortify it in advance of the final advance on Ulundi.

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Location: Natal



HMS Forester Surveys Zululand

Jul 19, 1879

HMS Forester is sent to survey the coast of Zululand in order to discover whether it would be possible to land more men.

HMS Forester surveys Zululand

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Location: Zululand



King Cetshwayo is Exiled

Aug 28, 1879

General Sir Garnet Wolseley deployed troops to try and capture King Cetshwayo. He was eventually captured in a kraal in the middle of the Ngome forest. After this he was sent into exile in London for the next three years.

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Location: Zululand



HMS Tenedos Returns to Plymouth

Sep 04, 1879

HMS Tenedos arrives back in Plymouth carrying the men that had served in the Naval Brigade during the Anglo-Zulu War.

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Location: Plymouth



HMS Shah Returns to Britain

Oct 10, 1879

HMS Shah arrives back at Spithead after returning from the Zulu War

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Location: Portsmouth



Timelines of the participants of Anglo-Zulu War

The timeline of Anglo-Zulu War itself is coloured blue

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