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21st February 2005Coursework
By John
Hi i am a public service student and i am researching rorkes drift i was wondering if anyone knew if conformity was used during the battle cheers
22nd February 2005Invader
I've started a fad!! I'm popular at last! Jubilation and glee!
I've no idea what you mean by conformity though, sorry.
Good luck with the essay, I don't doubt that someone on here will be able to help.
22nd February 2005Andrew Holliday
I'm also a public services student conformity means to follow a particular trend. Blind Obedience seems to take place more as the Zulus followed orders to repeatedly charge the barricades and the British followed their orders to stay and defend the post (they could have just left the wounded as soon as they recieved the news bout Isandhlwana and might have made good progress).

The defenders of the hospital followed their orders to defend the patients and did so bravely.
22nd February 2005Julian whybra
Battle cheers? Are you serious? Conformity? Cheering by numbers?
And what are they supposed to be cheering about? I don't mean to appear cynical but...what do you mean?
22nd February 2005Phil Pearce
I seem to be as baffled as Julian !
22nd February 2005Pete Marshall
Could it be:

... during the battle. Cheers.
22nd February 2005Invader
We covered the psychological term "conformity" for a couple of months. I don't see how that applies to Rorkes Drift though since it was orders (obedience) rather than conformity that was displayed.
More information on the topic is needed!
23rd February 2005Michael Boyle
"Three cheers for...such and such","huzzahs for such and such" seem to be 'conformity' cheers.However I'm not sure that would have happened in combat. (Aside from the famous "Rebel Yell" done on command during the U.S. Civil War ) (Although many country's troops started an attack with various vocal emotives, not sure if on command.)
23rd February 2005Derek C
John, more info would be pertinant, but if I read between the lines, the "Cheers" was your sign off .. and not meant to be part of "battle cheers"?

Conformity is a major part of any disciplined army. It naturally follows that orders are orders and ........... must be carried out.

Armies don't work well without discipline, maybe you're asking about comradeship? "Three cheers for the Royal Artillary" et al.
1st March 2005Julian whybra
Dunne records cheering twice. Once when they realized the Zulus had gone (accompanied by exclamations calling upon the Lord's praise) and secondly when Chelmsford's column appeared which was wild cheering.