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The British had gatlin guns and just mowed down the zulus when they approached. It was a wholesale slaughter against largely unarmed natives.

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Not so.
Unarmed natives? Have you even heard of Isandhlwana?
The inaccuracy is yours.

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The Zulus killed between one & three million people to establish their 'Empire' of 500 thousand people.









Why can't you wretched prey creatures understand that the Universe doesn't owe you anything!?

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The British soldiers in this battle were armed only with Martini Henry rifles. They had no artillery or Gatling guns. Though some changes were made to the story to give it more 'human interest' to a modern audience, the events are depicted maybe 95% accurately.

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I think you're muddling Rorke's Drift with the battle of Ulundi, by which time the British Army had finally figured out how to fight Zulus, and also had Gatling guns.

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mad minute?

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I suspect the Mad Minute only came into force when the British Army was equipped with magazine rifles in the form of the Lee Enfield.

'The rifle scores turned in by the Old Army were truly phenomenal. In his annual musketry course the infantryman fired rounds from his SMLE at a 12-inch target up to 600 yards distant, and there was a "Mad Minute" in which he had to fire 15 rounds at a target 300 yards distant. Most Tommies could do better than 15rpm, and some could zip off 30 accurately.

Sergeant (Instructor) Alfred Snoxall set the world record in 1914 with 38 shots in the minute, all within target. Try that in your mind: pull back the bolt action lever, let the round enter the chamber, push forward the bolt, lock. Aim… Fire. Thirty eight times in a minute, with three changes of magazine.'

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They had no gattling guns here or arty but wouldn't say arty it was more cannon balls. They did have at the battle of Isandhlwana tho as they attacked that first . Rork difts was a very small maned outpost

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The British had gatlin guns and just mowed down the zulus when they approached. It was a wholesale slaughter against largely unarmed natives.


Who is the unprincipled LIAR that taught you that, and why are you so stupid as to believe it, accept it as truth, and try to pass it on without verifying it first? You strike me as a rank propagandist kid. Good thing most people are smarter than you.

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