What happened AFTER Rorke’s Drift: Remarkable untold story of an epic battle between British soldiers and an African tribe which brought a definitive end to the Zulu War is revealed 140 years after the conflict
- Little know (sic) battle between British and Bapedi tribe at Fighting Kopke was a definitive moment in the Zulu War
- Despite being outnumbered more than three to one and having far less weapons, tribe fought to the very end
- Bapedi were finally defeated by Brits and their Swazi allies under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley in 1879
By Keiligh Baker for MailOnline
PUBLISHED: 07:30 EST, 6 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 EST, 6 March 2017
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The remarkable story of an epic battle between British soldiers and a vastly outnumbered African tribe which brought a definitive end to the Zulu War has been revealed in a new book.
The little known Battle at Fighting Kopke was overshadowed by the story of the British defence of Rorke’s Drift which took place 11 months earlier and was later immortalised in the film Zulu.
Following the British annexation of land north of the Vaal River in South Africa in 1877, the native Bapedi tribe had been at loggerheads for two years with the British.
The conflict came to a head in a fierce four day battle at Fighting Kopke where the Bapedi were finally defeated by British troops and their Swazi allies under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley in November 1879.
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Tremendous casualties and everyone “loses”.
Hard to feel sympathy for the British and their Empire. Built over the bodies of their fellow human beings.
For some reason, I empathize with the underdog.
I wonder if someday, Americans will be fighting in their own homeland. Hopelessly against insurmountable odds?
It reminds me of: “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Hope I’m wrong, but it might be against our “own” Gooferment someday!
Can’t happen here!
Remember the Japanese internment, Waco, and Ruby Ridge?
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