Zulu: Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift 22nd-23rd January 1879
This is an account of one of the most dramatic episodes in 19th century military history, which continues to exert a unique fascination. On 22nd January 1879 the British military camp at Isandlwana, South Africa, was annihilated by about 20,000 Zulu warriors. Some 1200 troops died under the Zulu spears, half of them British regular infantry of the 24th Foot armed with modern breech-loading rifles. This battle was partly redeemed that evening at the tiny hospital and supply post of Rorke's Drift, successfully held in hand-to-hand fighting against thousands of Zulus by some 140 defenders, only 80 of them able-bodied redcoats.
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1st Battalion 24th Regiment 2nd Battalion 3rd NNC amabutho ammunition amongst Anthony Durnford assegai attack barricade battle body Brickhill British Bromhead camp Cape Frontier Captain Carbineers centre Cetshwayo Chard Chelms Clery Colonel Durnford Colonial Colour Column command companies Crealock crossed Dartnell dead defenders donga Durnford Edendale enemy Essex fight fire force front Fynn garrison guns Hamilton-Browne Harford Harness Helpmekaar Henry Harford Higginson hill Hlazakazi homestead horse ibutho induna iNgobamakhosi Isandlwana killed King laager later Lieutenant Lord Chelmsford Major Mangeni Manzimyama Martini-Henry miles Mounted Infantry move Museum Mzinyathi Natal Carbineers Native night Norris-Newman Nyoni officers ordered party patrol photographed picquet Pietermaritzburg Pulleine ridge rifle river road rode Rorke's Drift round Royal sent Shepstone Shiyane shot Sihayo's slope Smith-Dorrien soldiers South Africa staff tents Thesiger took troops uKhandempemvu Ulundi valley Volunteers wagons warriors wounded Xhosa yards Zulu Zulu army Zululand