The stories of the Anglo-Zulu war have endured for almost a century and a half. The battle of Rorke’s Drift is one of the most famous battles in the English-speaking world and is the subject of the 1964 Hollywood blockbuster, Zulu.
Over the course of this battle, a brave little band of British soldiers, many sick and disabled, held out all night against an overwhelming Zulu force. Douglas Rattray’s emotionally charged talk covers the battle at Rorke’s Drift through the experiences of the individual soldiers who, through great acts of selflessness and bravery, managed to hold out in the face of such dire odds.
Eleven Victoria Crosses and five Distinguished Conduct Medals were awarded for actions at Rorke’s Drift, restoring British military honour and securing its reputation as one of the most remarkable stands in British military history.
Meet the Speaker: Douglas Rattray
Douglas Rattray, of Fugitives’ Drift Lodge near the Anglo-Zulu war battlefields in South Africa, continues the legacy of his famous late father, David. Anyone who has heard Douglas speak on the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift will testify to his knowledge, passion and wonderful story-telling abilities. He brings the events of 22 January 22 1879 to life in a way bound to enthral and captivate.
The talk will end at around 8:40pm. Afterwards, join Douglas and his family in one of the foyer bars, where there will be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Duration: approx. 1 hour 15 mins (no interval)