Your list was great, wmb. Thank you for all the effort and the detailed posts.I won’t bore with the details, but basically the score is a combination of the average rating from the ratings books and a rating based on the ranking from the two ranked lists (on a scale of 1-5). I grouped the movies based on how many lists they made so only movies that were in both Military History magazine and Channel 4 made the top 43.
For starters I can always post a list someone else made of the 100 best French language war films.I would also be extremely interested in such a list as well
Don't disagree with most of what you have written but a couple of points,Excellent stuff, Kevinmeath. Thanks. Here is my analysis:
It stated in the film that the Zulus were armed rifles 'taken from your regiment'................13. A Zulu unit armed with rifles start firing from a ridge overlooking the camp. It is implied that the Zulu are armed with Martini-Henrys taken at Isandhlwana. The British return fire (including Chard with his pistol at 300 yards). HISTYWOOD The Zulu did fire from the hillside. It was basically a nuisance due to the inaccuracy of the motley weapons the Zulu had. They were not armed with captured Martini-Henrys. The movie implies the Zulu were the army coming on after its success at Isandhlwana when actually the force was the Zulu reserve which had not tasted blood in that battle and wanted some glory of its own.............................
I believe they were just a rearguard 'chilling' moving off when they saw the remains of the column returning...................A large force of Zulu (probably unrelated to the ones who participated in the battle) did appear on a hill and stayed for about an hour before moving on. There was no equivalent of a salute.................
Why do you say 'Zulu Dawn' is a more accurate movie? I found the lines of redcoats running to be quite offensive -- they formed squares and died (on the whole) in formation. Even those companies caught in the open formed 'pathetic' --I mean that in the true sense of the word---'little rally squares'......................RATING = .46 (Much lower than "Zulu Dawn")
You will not go far wrong reading Ian Knight-- but I found Mike Snook to be excellent in particular "How Can Man Die Better", the other about Rorkes Drift is good enough but I found Adrian Greaves 'Rorkes Drift' to be better (particularly liked the short biography of many of the defenders).Great stuff. Thanks. I used Ian Knight's "Zulu Rising", but I am getting ready to read "How Can Man Die Better" by Mike Snook and "Like Wolves on the Fold" by Snook to reassess. Here is my analysis of "Zulu Dawn":
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