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Battle Story: Rorke's Drift 1879

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The small garrison based at Rorke's Drift in South Africa is forever immortalised in British history as one of the Army's most glorious moments. The garrison was defended by 139 British soldiers with c.300 African colonial troops under their command when, on 22 January 1879, they were attacked by a Zulu force of nearly 4,000 warriors. Out numbered by nearly twenty to one, the British soldiers constructed a makeshift defence and fought throughout the night. Their tenacity and bravery ensured that the British retained the garrison and won the battle. Their acts in the face of this overwhelming onslaught saw 11 Victoria Crosses being awarded to the British garrison - the highest number ever awarded for a single engagement. Rorke's Drift restored the British public's faith in the Army after the disaster of Isandlwana and the battle was famously portrayed in the film Zulu. Battle Story: Rorke's Drift explores the men and action at this most legendary of battles.

Battle Story: Rorke's Drift 1879
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Military
  • Published: 31 January 2012
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 160 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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