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Good morning all,
I am new to this forum and so far am very pleased with what I've seen and read on here; all really interesting stuff. I have a confession however, I am looking for information and advice on the battle of Rorke's Drift and this is primarily why I joined the site, so that I can pick some brains.

I am researching for an essay entitled "What factors explain the British victory over the zulus at Rorke's Drift?" and I was hoping that some of the members of this forum might offer some opinions, facts, useful information or even just point me in a general direction.
Any help would be very much appreciated and I really hope that some of you can give me hand!
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Edza

Most of the info you seek will be on the forum.

However, some reasons are -

Fortified position.

Enough ammunition.

Small all round defence perimeter, unlike Isandlwana where the firing line was outflanked.

Zulus couldn't fight with their whole number around the barricades at Rorke's Drift due to confined area, limiting how many could actually be engaged at any one time, so their numbers actually worked against them.

Zulus didn't follow through their first attack against the the defences, where overwhelming numbers on one side of the perimeter would have swamped the defenders, instead engaging in numerous charges.

Zulus had few firearms and of very poor quality and marksmanship.

I'm sure others will add more reasons in detail.

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Brilliant start, thank you both, I hope I can get a bit more input from others!
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