The Zulu war. The entrenched position at Rorke's Drift.
The scene as reinforcements arrive at Rorke's Drift, successfully defended by the British from 3,000 Zulus. Extended caption: Note from Captain Crealock 'About 6.30am we reached Rorke's drift, and saw the smoke rising from the post. Too late! too late! But no- from amidst the smoke we saw some figures gesticulating: then a flag waved. Glasses out! They are red coats! Russell and the mounted men are sent forward, plunge in to the river and scrambling out on the opposite side, gallop up. A moment's doubt if it be not a zulu ruse. But no, the morning breeze now brings across the frontier river the glad sound of a British cheer. We were NOT too late. There were 351 dead bodies found lying around the house, and between it and the hill; and sixty around and in the burning hospital, which they had succeeded in firing.'
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