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Excellent portrayal of Brits in their first battle of the Anglo Zulu Wars,
This review is from: Zulu Dawn [DVD]  (DVD)
The film is excellent for the atmosphere it creates at what it must have been like with 20 odd thousand Zulu's coming at you in full force.
The Zulu battle tactic of the 'horns of a bullalo' are not explained at all in the movie,the fact that the entire camp was surrounded and swallowed up in less than an hour and that it was a total eclipse of the sun on that day, which is important to the Zulu's. As a rule the Zulu's never fight on such a day, but were forced to as their army's whereabouts was discovered.
Melville was given the colours to save on his own. Not as shown in the film.He met Coghill at the Buffalo river, Having crossed the river, they were killed as Coghill was helping Melville climb up the river bank on the far side. Also Durnford stayed with and died with his men, not as shown standing alone on a wagon.Go to rorkesdriftvc for an excellent write up on the battle.
There is an excellent audio cd by David Rattray on the Anglo Zulu Wars, called 'The Day of the Dead Moon' that are a must for those interested.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2013 13:20:29 GMT
In Zulu (Stanely Baker, Michael Caine etc) the "horns of the buffaloe" are explained. The film opens with the Zulus collecting ( rifles etc from the previous engagement as portrayed in Zulu Dawn. The boer who explains the tactic refers to it as "a fighting bull buffaloe".
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