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The Battle of Rorke's Drift


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The Battle of Rorke's Drift occurred later in the afternoon on the same day as the Battle of Isandlwana. Two British officers who had survived Isandlwana earlier that day made it to Rorke's Drift to inform their comrades of the earlier defeat and of the approaching Zulu forces. Upon hearing the news of the impending attack, a contingent of soldiers deserted the mission station at Rorke's Drift, leaving just 140 British soldiers, including hospital patients. Roughly 3,500 Zulu warriors descended upon the mission station and fought throughout the night. The Zulus came close to defeating the British, breaching the lightly fortified fort walls in a number of places, before retreating before dawn. Amazingly, the 140 British suffered only 17 deaths and 14 wounded.

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