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    Originally posted by Diver
    Couple of dozen Welshmen kicked their Zulu ar$es at Rorkes drift

    Of the 11 VC's awarded 6 were to English, 1 Swiss, 1 Irish I SA 2 Welsh
    In fact, the county designation of the 24th Regiment in 1879 was the 2nd Warwickshires; they didn't change their title to the South Wales Borderers until 1st July 1881 - almost exactly two years after the war had ended. True, the Regimental Depot had been established at Brecon, in South Wales, in 1873, and from that point there was a small but significant increase in Welsh recruits in the ranks. In fact, however, recruits for the regiment - like every other battalion in the British army - were signed on at recruiting depots across the country, and the 24th consisted of men from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The most that can be said is that the Welsh connection had, by 1879, led to a rather higher proportion of Welshman in the ranks than was common elsewhere. Nevertheless, even the most optimistic search of the regimental roll can find only 19 men of B Company, 2/24th, with any sort of Welsh connection - out of a total strength of more than 80. Of course, there were detachments of numerous other units - including Colonial Volunteers - present at the battle, making a total garrison of about 145. So the Welsh contingent comprised no more than 15% of the total.

    And no-one, I'm sorry to say, sang Men of Harlech; the regimental march in 1879 was The Warwickshire Lads."
    HTH.... but don't let facts get in the way eh?
    How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think

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      Originally posted by Troll
      Of the 11 VC's awarded 6 were to English, 1 Swiss, 1 Irish I SA 2 Welsh
      HTH.... but don't let facts get in the way eh?
      And how long did it take you to google that cr@p

      Mission accomplished sah
      Confusion is a natural state of being

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        Originally posted by Diver
        And how long did it take you to google that cr@p

        Mission accomplished sah
        Which bit do you disagree with?
        How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think

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          Originally posted by Diver
          Couple of english poncy fops, more worried about their dress uniforms than fighting.

          The English proved their worth at Isandlwana. almost 1,000 english troops armed to the teeth with artillery as well faced the same Zulu wariors and got slaughtered

          Couple of dozen Welshmen kicked their Zulu ar$es at Rorkes drift

          hmmm. the common view is that they ran out of ammunition .(or rather that it was not distributed properly) there were some dim orders and some cowardice too but there was supreme sacrifice and great herosim at the battle too. 1000 "english" (in fact a big mix) troops against 25,000 zulus...

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            Originally posted by DS23
            hmmm. the common view is that they ran out of ammunition .(or rather that it was not distributed properly) there were some dim orders and some cowardice too but there was supreme sacrifice and great herosim at the battle too. 1000 "english" (in fact a big mix) troops against 25,000 zulus...
            DS23 don't take it to heart, it's a wind up.

            Besides, they were defeated because the martin henry rifles they were using jammed due to overheating when used for extended periods.

            They were basically unarmed when the Zulu over ran them.
            Confusion is a natural state of being

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              You're all very sad people for posting over the weekend.


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                Originally posted by PRC1964
                You're all very sad people for posting over the weekend.
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                ooops.
                We haven't all got a nice tin bath in the yard to soak in.
                Some of us are stuck indoors working and trying to break the monotony.

                Jeez!

                We are sad are'nt we?
                Confusion is a natural state of being

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                  Is DS23 ill?
                  How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think

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                    because we are both
                    How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think

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                      heading towards
                      How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think

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