Battle of Hlobane

On 28 March 1879 General Sir Evelyn Wood sent out a force from the Kambula camp to storm the Hlobane Mountain. The four hundred men under Colonel Buller succeeded in reaching the top with some loss of life. The mountain was then surrounded by Zulu impis under Chief Mnyamana and they were making their way up all the baboon-paths to cut off the retreat of the British. The only pass by which the British could escape was down a steep boulder strewn descent where it was impossible to keep on horseback. In the flight from Hlobane 120 men were killed, including Piet Uys and Col. Weatherley. Elated by this victory, the whole army went on the next day to launch a frontal attack against General Wood’s fortified camp at Khambula.

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