Rorke's Drift - Zulu Monument

serendip

Cape Town, South Africa

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This monument to the Zulu warriors slain at the Battle of Rorke’ Drift (22 Jan 1879) has only been erected in recent years, to commemorate the lives of those warriors who fell at this famous battle in the Anglo-Zulu war. They are thought to number around 600 of a force of 4000 who could not suppress the contingent of British soldiers (English and Welsh) just 150 who defended the mission hospital where they were posted. I understand that the tree is in fact the most significant part of this monument – its name I do not know, but it is under the branches of such a tree that the Zulus are able to communicate with their ancestors.

The battle of Rorke’s Drift (the subject of the film Zulu) followed on immediately following the Battle of Isandlwana which was probably the most devastating defeat that the British Army ever suffered.

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