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PostSubject: 'What if' Rorkes Drift question.   Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:06 pm

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A hypothetical question - What do people think, would have happened if the garrison of Rorke's Drift had say four or five hours notice of the impending Zulu attack occurring?

Would Spalding have reinforced RD with the companies from Helpmakker or would the garrison have fell back to Helpmakker and left the stores undefended?

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PostSubject: '' What If '' RD Question    Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:12 am

Hi Sime
Hard to say , they were ordered , I think by Gardner ( Pencil Note ) to hold the position at all costs ? , even then , flight was on their mind at their earliest stage of preparedness , they did stay because they were aware they couldn't out run the zulus . But with 4 or 5 hrs notice , who knows.... they may well have ' Legged It ' ! .
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PostSubject: Re: 'What if' Rorkes Drift question.   Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:54 pm

Hi,

You have to wonder, was Gardner's order a realistic one, he had just seen the Zulus overwhelm six companies of 24th (+ supporting elements), did not know the strength of the Zulus adavancing on Rorkes Drift (true he did not know the two companies from Helpmakker had not arrived) and he had no idea that the garrison would improvise defences.

I think, if his order had any influence on the garrisons decision to hold and things had gone badly, he would have had to do some soul searching.....
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PostSubject: Re: 'What if' Rorkes Drift question.   Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:59 pm

SRB1965 wrote:
Hi,

You have to wonder, was Gardner's order a realistic one, he had just seen the Zulus overwhelm six companies of 24th (+ supporting elements), did not know the strength of the Zulus adavancing on Rorkes Drift (true he did not know the two companies from Helpmakker had not arrived) and he had no idea that the garrison would improvise defences.

I think, if his order had any influence on the garrisons decision to hold and things had gone badly, he would have had to do some soul searching.....

Plus, if you think about it - the Officer in charge of RD (as far as Gardner was aware), was Brevet Major Spalding - I do not know much about a Staff Officer's role but could they give orders not from their commander (ie in this case Col Glyn) to an officer superior to themselves?

Hope this last bit isn't too confussing......

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