Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ZULU War Pongola River Region

The Kraal of Djemdande of the Bantu people languors in the noon day sun. Hunting parties are out and life moves at it's own heat scorched pace.

No matter how far the hunting parties range. An eye is kept toward home.

The arrival of a courier group of Europeans - The Natal Frontier Mounted Police.

The dusty column meanders it's way toward the Kraal.
"Natal Mounted Police, may we have a word with Djemdande?"

"Yes tell him it's urgent...."

The scene is an audience with the Chieftain. It devolves into a skirmish.

Two of the party make for a small break in the fence enclosure.

Outside the kraal the scene is more strikingly violent.

The escape of Major Blackford.

More than a few of the Natal Police don't make it out.

On an uncontrolled mount trooper Juergens is pulled from his horse and dispatched.

The kraal is an angry hornet's nest.

Major Blackford and one half of his initial command make it back to friendly advancing column of the 12th infantry. Defenders of Greenwood station!

Next episode the battle at Djemdande kraal.


  1. A very nice report. Wonderful clothespin figures too.

    -- Jeff

  2. Yes, yes, YES!!! Now I remember!! What great results from material I would not have thought could do such a marvelous job!