Interesting find on the Zulu Wars

Mar 2011
898
Over The Hills And Far Away
I was going randomly about the web today, and I came across a recording of an actor reading the transcript of an interview of a British survivor of Rorke's Drift that was published in a British magazine in 1936. Hope you all enjoy, there are two parts to this reading:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l59BTOG_iY]Interview with Frank Bourne - Hero of Rorkes Drift - Pt 1 - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD3QXq-YwEE]Interview with Frank Bourne - Hero of Rorkes Drift - Pt 2 - YouTube[/ame]
 

Belisarius

Forum Staff
Jun 2006
10,359
U.K.
Colour Sergeant Bourne: "It's a miracle."
Lieutenant John Chard: "If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 caliber miracle."
Colour Sergeant Bourne: "And a bayonet, sir, with some guts behind."
 

Kevinmeath

Ad Honoris
May 2011
14,038
Navan, Ireland
Nice find, interesting that he says the Zulu fired on them with the rifles of his own regiment and this caused all the casualties.

Most Historians don't think the Zulu regiments at Rorkes Drift had a chance to get any.

The medical records of the wounded also show the rounds often failed to break major bones, this would not have been the case witha Martini-Henry.

On the other hand witness' also state that many of those killed were shot through the body or head which would imply high-powered weapons.
 
Jan 2014
328
Washington State
One of my favorite battles. I am amazed at how they stood and defeated such a superior enemy. I bet their shoulders hurt like Hell from the recoil of their rifles.