yantaylor wrote: ↑
03 Feb 2024 21:28
I really don’t see were this is going; it is generally said that the British army always had good fire discipline and trained hard in achieving so. South Africa and its Victorian wars has never interest much, except maybe the film Zulu, but all I know is that South Africa is still a commonwealth country and fought beside us in two world wars.
Its more of where it comes from, Napoleonic wars with c400 rnds to cause a casualty, and 3 rndsa mins fire rate, to establishing schools of musketry at Hythe in Uk and Vincennes in France to reduce the number of rounds to cause a hit and increase the rate of fire, and have users proficient in firearms use, while J Gibbon pre WBTS in the US was advocating no need to have soldiers familiar with how to use their weapon.
Anglo Zulu war contained 7 major engagements, the total Empire forces employed in them numbered 22390 and Zulu was 73750, of which 1748 and 10,300 became casualties, or a 6:1 ratio casualty infliction rate, while being outnumbered 3.2 to one, of course 1300 of the British and allies losses occur at Isandlwana, and comprised 75% of all the wars losses, if that is excluded, the casualty infliction rate goes from 6:1 to 14:1 for the rest of the engagements, and Ishlandwana itself was a 3:1 casualty infliction rate and its generally understood it turned into a disaster due to inability to maintain the munition supplies needed, at the extended distance from supply, to the over extended MLR, to keep 0s of 000s of Zulus from closing to contact. Volley fire by Bttn Coy section, rank, etc is predictable in its spacing of time between volleys, Zulus simple ran forward and dropped prone between volleys, this tactic saw the massive loss of life in the other battles as Uk troops were able to maintain 40 rnds a man over short time periods,( 400 over 180 mins) rate expenditure.
US Army did not practice live fire,and its QM reports on munitions issued, reveal battles like G/Burg saw 4.5 million rounds issued to cause c26000 CS casualties, thats 173 rounds to cause a casualty, and thats ignoring the US shell and cannister rounds expended. Rosebud c160 rnds a casualty.