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Rorkes Drift by Lady Butler
THE DEFENCE OF RORKES DRIFT
by Lady Butler
The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke's Drift, was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu War. The defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, under the command of Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers, immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day, 23 January.
Just over 150 British and colonial troops successfully defended the garrison against an intense assault by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors. The massive, but piecemeal, Zulu attacks on Rorke's Drift came close to defeating the tiny garrison but were ultimately repelled. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours.
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Rorkes Drift as it is today
The Battlefield of Rorke's Drift
Contemporary drawing of the garrison outpost
Victoria Cross winner John Chard as a Lieutenant Colonel
Overall Size : 39" wide by 26" high
Image Size : 35" wide by 21" high
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