Our study of Rorke's Drift/Isandlwana last year was so resoundingly popular that I decided to add it to the regular rotation. Comparing Zulu and British ways of thinking about war was provocative, especially after reading Marlantes' What it is like to go to War. And, of course, we got to watch Zulu, one of the best war films of all time, in my opinion. Ian Knight provided a lot of the reading for this section, through both his excellent Zulu Rising and his more approachable Osprey book on the Zulu War.
|The Battlefield. I gave the students a chance to deploy the British inside the compound. The two "horns" of the Zulu attack were moved off the board and allowed to appear anywhere on the flanks on turn three.|
|And here is Stanley Baker with his platoon.|
|Two Zulu leaders push the head and loins at the ramparts. The northern walls seem thinly manned...|
|Holy crap! says a British commander. That's a lot of Zulus!|
|Where we left off today's session. Despite heavy fire, two impis reach the walls.|