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In this famous battle from the Zulu War of 1879, British soldiers of B Company of 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot, along with a few Natal Native Contingent (NNC) auxiliaries, totaling 150 men, successfully held off repeated intense attacks for 12 hours from a force of at least 3000 brave Zulu warriors led by Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande. Click on the pictures for more detail: This portrays the first attack on the small station of Rorke’s Drift on the afternoon of January 22, 1879, which concentrated on the hospital and surrounding mealie bag wall. For the build, I wanted to show this amazing historical fight for survival with as much realism as possible and so this is accurate to one foot per LEGO stud. The hospital and wall placement are exactly scale per historical records and from the Osprey Campaign book, Rorke’s Drift 1879. The fight as portrayed here is shown around 4:40pm, only 20 minutes into the conflict. The Zulus have rapidly come in from the north to swing around and attack the entrance to the hospital from the south, while small bands try to force entry from side and rear doors. The mealie bag wall has collapsed in multiple places, and in response Lt Gonville Bromhead and Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne lead a successful bayonet attack on the invaders, driving them back (shown on the picture on the right). 100% LEGO. One of my favorite creations ever, I’ll continue to work on the other half of the station in order to display the entire battle at next year’s Brickfair. My plan is to have the fight for the hospital underway, with the thatch roof on fire, with the British retiring to their biscuit-box, mealie bag and wagon-built wall around the storehouse. Beyond the Brick did an interview for this build at Brickfair Virginia, if interested: Cheers! Gary
At a recent brick.ie exhibition in Belfast, we saw a recreation of the battle of Rorke's Drift, an event made famous by the film Zulu. It was made by our brick.ie member Oiley and it looks like it took a hell of a lot of patience. The straw roofs were made using tan droid arms. Rorke's Drift 3 by Oiley by Dfenz, on Flickr Rorke's Drift by Oiley by Dfenz, on Flickr