The Battle of Majuba, 27 February 1881

by G.R. Duxbury Colley suffered two crushing defeats at Laingsnek and Schuinshoogte. The second would have been avoided had he withdrawn to Newcastle to await reinforcements after the Laingsnek disaster but no doubt he weighed up the effect of such a withdrawal on the morale, not only of his own troops, but also on that … Read more

The Battle of Majuba : Telegrams of 27 February 1881

Compiled by Rob Jordan The following telegrams may be of interest, not so much for any light they may throw on the tactics of the battle – the supposed shortage of ammunition has been convincingly refuted – but as indicating how suddenly and unexpectedly the British defeat occurred, and the panic it sowed as far … Read more