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|2nd April 2004||Abandoned Wagon|
By Derek Johns
Why did the defenders of Rorkes Drift, go and get the wagon next to the stone kraal ?. I know they had alot on there minds but it is right there.
|2nd April 2004||Adrian|
Sorry? Don't you mean why DIDN'T?
|3rd April 2004||derek johns|
yes I did , Thanks
|3rd April 2004||Bill Cainan|
The waggon in question was the RE waggon.
Being a Sapper myself I can well understand if Chard had told the infantry types in B Company to leave it alone, because not being technically minded they would probably have broken it !
I suspect the reality was that in the (presumed) absence of horses or mules, the men would have had to drag it up the fairly steep slope to get it on to the ledge on which the mission station sits - a major effort and for what ? I doubt if the waggon would have added significantly to the defence perimeter. The two colonial waggons were there anyway, so it would have been a relatively simple job to roll those into position as part of the southern defensive rampart.