Anglo - Zulu War
11th December, 1878.
Ultimatum sent to Zulu King Cetshwayo.
6th January, 1879.
No 4 column crosses river Ncome into Zululand.
. Ultimatum expires.
No 3 column crosses river at Rorke's Drift into Zululand.
No 1 column crosses Lower Thukela into Zululand.
No 3 column attacks Sihayo's stronghold.
main Zulu army leaves Ulundi to attack No 3 column.
No 1 column advances on Eshowe.
No 4 column makes a base at Fort Thinta.
No 3 column makes camp at Isandlwana.
No 1 column is attacked at Nyezane by 6000 Zulus and fights them off.
Battle of Isandlwana. 25000 Zulus attack the camp and destroy it.
22nd / 23rd January.
Defense of Rork's Drift.
4th Column hears of Isandlwana defeat.
1st Column hears of Isandlwana defeat.
1st Column decides to hold its position at the Eshowe mission station.
4th Column moves its camp to Khambula Hill.
Lord Chelmsford's despatch detailing the Isandlwana defeat reaches London.
Eshowe besieged and all communication ceased.
Heliograph communication made with Eshowe.
First of the reinforcements arrive from England.
A wagon train, escorted by members of the 80th, attacked and nearly wiped out by members of the abaQulusi at Ntombe Drift.
. Mounted troops of No 4 column attacked and defeated at Hlobane.
Relief column sets out for Eshowe.
Elements of the main Zulu army attack No. 4 column camp at Khambula Hill and are severely beaten. This battle is generally considered the turning point of the war.
Prince Imperial arrives from England to join Lord Chelmsford's staff.
Eshowe relief column defeats a large Zulu army at Gingindlovu.
Lord Chelmsford's reinforcements arrive.
Lord Chelmsford reorganizes his army into 1st Division. 2nd Division and Flying Column.
A large force goes to Isandlwana to check the camp and bury the bodies, apart from those of the 24th which are left for members of the 24th to deal with at a later date. All wagons found are recovered.
. 2nd Division crosses into Zululand.
Prince Imperial killed whilst on patrol.
Lord Chelmsford receives news that he is to be replaced by Sir Garnet Wolseley.
2nd Division and Flying column link to advance on Ulundi.
1st Division advances from depots in the South.
Bodies of members of the 24th buried at Isandlwana.
2nd Division and Flying column arrive at Mthonjaneni Heights for final move on Ulundi.
Sir Garnet Wolseley arrives in Durban.
2nd Division and Flying column camp on White Mfolozi river.
Main Zulu army attacks British at Ulundi and is destroyed.
Lord Chelmsford resigns.
Lord Chelmsford hands over command to Sir Garnet Wolesley.
King Cetshwayo captured.