The Battle of Rourke’s Drift | Zulus Vs British | Total War Cinematic Battle

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke’s Drift, was an engagement in the Anglo-Zulu War. The successful British defence of the mission station of Rorke’s Drift, under the command of Lieutenants John Chard of the Royal Engineers and Gonville Bromhead, of the 24th Regiment of Foot began when a large contingent of Zulu warriors broke off from the main force during the final hour of the British defeat at the day-long Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, diverting 6 miles (9.7 km) to attack Rorke’s Drift later that day and continuing into the following day.

Just over 150 British and colonial troops defended the station against attacks by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The massive but piecemeal attacks by the Zulu on Rorke’s Drift came very close to overwhelming the much smaller garrison, but were consistently repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to individual defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.

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00:00 Introduction
00:26 Chelmsford’s Column Arrives
00:49 Chelmsford leaves for Isandlwana
01:33 Durnford Arrives
01:58 Durnford and Chard ordered to Isandlwana
02:42 Chard is left in command
02:55 News of Isandlwana
03:37 British set up defences
04:16 Henderson and his men arrive
05:02 The Zulu Force
05:46 Henderson engages the Zulu force
07:01 The British prepare for battle
07:47 The Battle begins
09:08 The Zulus withdraw
09:27 The British reposition
09:56 Zulus attack at night
12:03 Outro
Credit to : Historical Total War Battles

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