posted on Nov, 8 2009 @ 10:02 AM
The movie 'Zulu Dawn' opened on January 22nd, 1979, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first big battle of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. At
this battle, a force of some 20,000-25,000 Zulu's engaged and defeated a British force of roughly 1,700 men, including a Native Contingent of 700
men. Only 50 whites and some 200+ Native soldiers survived the battle and fled along a creek known afterwards as Fugitive's Drift. The movie goes
into some detail about the plans of the Btitish Governor of Natal Province to find an excuse for launching an invasion of Zululand against the very
wishes of Queen Victoria herself. It stresses the overconfidence of the British, especially of Sir Anthony Bartle Frere and the British General, Lord
Chelmsford. It stars Burt Lancaster as Lt. Colonel Anthony Durnford, who was blamed wrongfully after the battle for the disaster at Isandlwanna. It
is, in my opinion, a very good movie that others should watch to learn a bit of history.