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Film Zulu Dawn quote: “Excuse me, my Lord, there's something I must convey to you. I rode along the track down to Rorke's Drift. The sky above is red with fire. Your orders my Lord? Do we move to the drift?”
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] This picture by courtesy of Michael Glover's "Rorkes Drift, a Victoria Epic" , shows a squad of NNC at drill early on a summer morning. It is interesting to note the total absence of western garb/uniform and very scant traditional garb. Each man has a rifle and a bandolier. No boots are worn.
The back row of troopers, the younsters in the squad, are apparently traditionally armed with shields etc. The bearded white instructor may be recognisable to some.
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Subject: NNC Contingent 1879 Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:31 pm
Hi all . Could this be part of the Relief Column that Lord C commanded to relieve Eshowe , John Dunn was certainly with them !. I'm not sure on Dunn's role at the start of the war , but I do think the ' Good Lord ' had already forcibly recruited J.D if you know what I mean !. Basically , join us , or things wont go good for you post war . cheers 90th.
Subject: Re: "NNC Contingent , 1879." Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:19 am
If this is John Dunn on the photo, the soldiers are his scouts.After much and bad consideration,he abandonned Zululand and crossed in Natal en Decembre 1878.After he raised a force of 150 retainers and, under a commandant named Moorethese took part in the Eshowe relief expedition in March;armed with Enfield percussion muskets,shields and spears,as in the picture,they fought at Gingindlovu.