The defence of Rorke’s Drift 22-23 January 1879

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Defence of Rorke's Drift

This battle took place on 22-23 January 1879 during the Zulu War (1879). A huge force of Zulus attacked a small British garrison, but were eventually repelled after more than 12 hours of bitter fighting.

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Lieutenants Melville and Coghill saving the Colours at Isandlwana, 1879

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The defence of Rorke’s Drift 22-23 January 1879

Defence of Rorke's Drift

This battle took place on 22-23 January 1879. A huge force of Zulus attacked a small British garrison, but was eventually repelled after more than 12 hours of bitter fighting.

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'Then, the Red Soldier': The Zulu War, 140 years on
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29 March 2019, 11.30am

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'Then, the Red Soldier': The Zulu War, 140 years on

Join author Ian Knight to find out more about the origins and impact of the Zulu War, and how it is perceived today.

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