On 22 January 1879 at Rorke’s Drift, Lieutenant John Chard cast aside his technical duties as a Royal Engineer and took command of close quarter combat for the first time in his life. In doing so he won the VC, tea with Queen Victoria and was lionised by the British press when he returned to…Keep reading
Modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are worth comparing to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Today the United States’ relative global power is reducing just as the United Kingdom’s was 100 years ago. In both cases there was a nearly identical failure to integrate easily available local knowledge into a coherent strategy. Furthermore, both wars…Keep reading
Bandoola Productions greenlights independent No Hillside without a Grave: a feature documentary about the British in Zululand 1875-1885. It is directed by Bex Singleton and will start principal photography on Monday 29th November in the UK and in South Africa. The documentary is about events depicted in the films Zulu and Zulu Dawn. It brings…Keep reading
On 22 January 1879 at Isandlwana about 20,000 Zulus armed with stabbing spears and some old rifles killed 1300 British soldiers armed with the most modern weapons of the time. The military campaign to invade Zululand went temporarily into reverse and Victorian Britain’s confidence was shaken. Power is partly about perception and the fear in…Keep reading
No Hillside without a Grave is to be a ninety minute feature documentary about the Anglo-Zulu Wars. It all started with my visit to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift in 2015. Our guide was Paul Garner who is a battlefield guide and something of an expert on the Zulu aspects of the battle.…Keep reading
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