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a river in E South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg where it forms the Tugela Falls, 856 m (2810 ft) high (highest waterfall in Africa), before flowing east to the Indian Ocean: scene of battles during the Zulu War (1879) and the Boer War (1899–1902). Length: about 500 km (312 miles)
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  • On the 29th of March the column of relief advanced from the tugela.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • At this time an army of 20,000 Zulus was lying in wait between Ekowe and the tugela.

  • The tugela river and the indecision of the Zulu king saved the colony.

  • Now this land, which lay between the tugela and the Umzimvubu, they desired to treat for.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • You will pass the plain of Endondakusuka, will you not, and cross the tugela by the drift?

    Child of Storm H. Rider Haggard
  • Like many others, he thought that the Prince had been drowned in trying to swim the tugela.

    Child of Storm H. Rider Haggard
  • I answered that I sought a grant of the land south of the tugela to the sea.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • The details of Buller's repulse at the tugela did not make good reading.

  • Buller can never cross the tugela, our positions are too good!

    On Commando

    Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • Nothing that was at home can do can affect the impending battle by the tugela.

    Lessons of the War

    Spenser Wilkinson

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