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Crucible of Honour The Battle of Rorke's Drift The Anglo

It is January of 1879 While three columns of British soldiers and their African allies cross the Uminyathi River to commence the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom a handful of redcoats from B Company 224th Regiment are left to guard the centre column's supply depot at Rorke's DriftOn the morning of 22 January the main camp at Isandlwana just 10 miles to the east comes under attack from the entire Zulu army and is utterly destroyed Four thousand warriors from King Cetshwayo's elite Undi Corps remained in reserve and were denied any chance to take part in the fighting Led by Prince Dabulamanzi they disobey the king's orders and cross into British Natal seeking their share in triumph and spoils They soon converge on Rorke's Drift an easy prize with its paltry force of 150 redcoats to be readily swept asideUpon hearing of the disaster at Isandlwana and with retreat impossible the tiny British garrison readies to receive the coming onslaught Leading them is Lieutenant John Chard a newly arrived engineer officer with no actual combat experience Aiding him is B Company's previously undistinguished officer commanding Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead along with 24 year old Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne and a retired soldier turned civilian volunteer named James DaltonUnbeknownst to either the British or the Zulus half of the center column under Lord Chelmsford's direct command was not even at Isandlwana but 15 miles further east at Mangeni Falls However with a huge Zulu force of over 20000 warriors between them and the drift their ammunition and ration stores taken or destroyed and an impossible distance to cover Chelmsford's battered column cannot possibly come to the depot's aid and must look to their own survival The defenders of Rorke's Drift stand alone It is January of 1879 While three columns of British soldiers and their African allies cross the Uminyathi River to commence the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom a handful of redcoats from B Company 224th Regiment are left to guard the centre column's supply depot at Rorke's DriftOn the morning of 22 January the main camp at Isandlwana just 10 miles to the east comes under attack from the entire Zulu army and is utterly destroyed Four thousand warriors from King Cetshwayo's elite Undi Corps remained in reserve and were denied any chance to take part in the fighting Led by Prince Dabulamanzi they disobey the king's orders and cross into British Natal seeking their share in triumph and spoils They soon converge on Rorke's Drift an easy prize with its paltry force of 150 redcoats to be readily swept asideUpon hearing of the disaster at Isandlwana and with retreat impossible the tiny British garrison readies to receive the coming onslaught Leading them is Lieutenant John Chard a newly arrived engineer officer with no actual combat experience Aiding him is B Company's previously undistinguished officer commanding Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead along with 24 year old Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne and a retired soldier turned civilian volunteer named James DaltonUnbeknownst to either the British or the Zulus half of the center column under Lord Chelmsford's direct command was not even at Isandlwana but 15 miles further east at Mangeni Falls However with a huge Zulu force of over 20000 warriors between them and the drift their ammunition and ration stores taken or destroyed and an impossible distance to cover Chelmsford's battered column cannot possibly come to the depot's aid and must look to their own survival The defenders of Rorke's Drift stand alone It is January of 1879 While three columns of British soldiers and their African allies cross the Uminyathi River to commence the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom a handful of redcoats from B Company 224th Regiment are left to guard the centre column's supply depot at Rorke's DriftOn the morning of 22 January the main camp at Isandlwana just 10 miles to the east comes under attack from the entire Zulu army and is utterly destroyed Four thousand warriors from King Cetshwayo's elite Undi Corps remained in reserve and were denied any chance to take part in the fighting Led by Prince Dabulamanzi they disobey the king's orders and cross into British Natal seeking their share in triumph and spoils They soon converge on Rorke's Drift an easy prize with its paltry force of 150 redcoats to be readily swept asideUpon hearing of the disaster at Isandlwana and with retreat impossible the tiny British garrison readies to receive the coming onslaught Leading them is Lieutenant John Chard a newly arrived engineer officer with no actual combat experience Aiding him is B Company's previously undistinguished officer commanding Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead along with 24 year old Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne and a retired soldier turned civilian volunteer named James DaltonUnbeknownst to either the British or the Zulus half of the center column under Lord Chelmsford's direct command was not even at Isandlwana but 15 miles further east at Mangeni Falls However with a huge Zulu force of over 20000 warriors between them and the drift their ammunition and ration stores taken or destroyed and an impossible distance to cover Chelmsford's battered column cannot possibly come to the depot's aid and must look to their own survival The defenders of Rorke's Drift stand alone