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Rorke's Drift 1879

Listed under Battlefields in Kwazulu, South Africa.

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Iconic stand of a tiny British force against much bigger numbers

Not far from Isandlwana, and days afterwards, 139 British troops held out against 4000 Zulus in an engagement which resulted in 11 Victoria Crosses and inspired the film 'Zulu'. There's a museum on the site of the infirmary where the men fought, and the countryside remains almost the same as it was in 1879. Many companies offer guided tours of both battlefields.

A detailed account of battle with maps.

Written by  amy_jackson.

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Review of visit to Rorkes Drift

This is a very beautiful place not overran with Tourists and a personal guide will explain the unfolding story to you.

How the Brits survived against huge forces is remarkable-apparently the Zulus though they were so brave that they saluted them rather than finish them off.

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