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28th July 2003Isandlwhana and Rorke's Drift
By John Lewis
Please can anyone let me have the actual numbers of defenders at Isandlwhana and Rorke's Drift and the numbers killed and wounded.
28th July 2003Julian Whybra
known killed in action
Europeans 854
Africans 475
total 1329
fate unknown
Europeans 15
Africans 700
total 715
possible survivors
Europeans 2
known survivors
Europeans 81
Africans 86
total 167
Rorke's Drift
participants 156
of which
killed in action
Europeans 14
Africans 1
died of wounds
Europeans 2
total 17
The figures are taken from the updated version of my book The Roll Call which will appear as an article in the Royal Zulu War Society's magazine later this year with full names, details, etc.
29th July 2003ADRIAN WRIGHT
Having read many (about 16 or 17) books on the zulu war and in particular Isandlwana, there seems to be differences of opinion as to the attacking positions of the Umbonambi, Uve and Ingobamakosi regiments on the camp at Isandlwana. Please can somebody let me know exactly which regiment was furthest south and which one was on the immediate left of the Umcijo regiment.Also how far out from the British camp at Isandlwana was `G' company 2/24th first deployed.
many thanks.