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At Ulundi, on 4th July 1879, Lord Chelmsford’s forces had formed a square to meet the Zulu army. All six 9 pounder guns of the No.6 Battery, Royal Field Artillery were present. These and other artillery were placed to cover all directions of attack.

The Zulu advanced to the thunderous drumming of assegais of shield, soon drowned as the artillery opened fire at 2,000 yards. Those Zulu left standing faced yet a wall of bayonets and crashing volley fire. Sensing a weakness in the south west corner of the square, the Zulu reserve attacked to be met by devastating fire from two 9 pounders and infantry, leaving the survivors to flee from the charge of the 17th Lancers and 1st Dragoon Guards.