Two Lieutenants, Chard of Engineers and Bromhead find that their 140 man contingent in Natal has been isolated by the destruction of the main British Army column and that 4,000 Zulu warriors will descend on them in hours. Each has a different military background in tactics and they are immediatly in conflict on how to prepare for the attack. Nearly a third of the men are in the infirmary, as the welsh company tries to somehow survive with no help in sight. Based on a true story. Written by
John Vogel <email@example.com>
The epic story of courage, honour and pride.
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Did You Know?
In real life, both Chard and Bromhead were considered less than remarkable officers by their superiors and were in fact considered too old (Chard was 32 and Bromhead 33) for their rather junior rank of Lieutenant. The defense of Rorke's Drift galvanized their careers, and Chard was a colonel at the time of his death (of cancer at 49) and Bromhead reaching the rank of major before succumbing to typhoid at 46. See more
A few of the battle scenes show British soldiers with bolt-action rifles. Apparently there weren't enough Martini-Henrys to go around. See more
[Adendorff has explained the classic Zulu 'buffalo' battle formation
It looks er... jolly simple, doesn't it?
It's, er, jolly deadly, old boy.
Well done, Adendorff, we'll make an Englishmen of you yet!
"And introducing Michael Caine" See more
Referenced in Saxondale: Episode #1.2
Men of Harlech
Performed by Army Soldiers See more