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UNITS OF THE ZULU WAR 1879

UNITS OF THE ZULU WAR 1879

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99th Regiment of Foot

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99th Regiment of Foot

The 99th Lanarkshire Regiment of foot was formed only in 1824. They were first posted to Tasmania as a convict guard before later seeing action in New Zealand, China and the cape in the 1860’s before returning in 1878 in time for the Zulu War. They took part in the battle of Nyezane to releave the besieged station at Eshowe. The battle took place around the same time as Rorkes Drift and showed a British force could defeat the Zulus in the open field. It was nearly a disaster but the 99th later fought at Gingindlovu were they were apart of a larger square formation protected by wagons, a sure defence from Zulu attack. The 99th wore slightly outdated red coats with red facings and buff collars and had black ammunition pouches instead of the usual white. I used Empress miniatures for my 99th in full equipment marching. You dont see many miniatures in full rig as it was discarded for combat.

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99th Regiment of Foot

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