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on active service.” But at the same time they decided to retain Colors for ceremonial purposes, “affording a record of the services of the regiment and furnishing to the young soldier a history of its gallant deeds.” This order extended to the Dominions and Colonies. “While the debate was in progress, the 58th Northamptonhire Regiment carried their Colors into action at the battle of Laings Neck during the 1st Anglo-Boer War (28 Jan. 1881). The Colors provided a conspicuous target for the Boer snipers, and Lt. Baillie carrying the Regimental Color was repeatedly wounded before being killed. This was the last time British Colors were carried in battle.” T. F. Mills – quoting himself from 1997-03-20 As the British Army invaded Zululand, they left one company at the

border with all the sick and malingerers. This was at a Swedish mission station and river crossing called Rorke’s Drift. After the annihilation of one column of the army at Isandhlwana, 4000 Zulu?s converged on Rorke’s Drift. Two lieutenants with no combat experience commanded the 100 men there. They held off the Zulu?s for about 12 hours, most the battle raging through the night. 17 British died and about 1000 Zulu?s. By sunrise both sides were exhausted and couldn’t go on. For their heroics, the British were awarded more VC’s than for any other single action (11 actually, not 8) — for a totally unnecessary battle. There were no Colors at Rorke’s Drift. Despite several dramatic and whimsical paintings to the contrary, the Queen’s Color that was carried off the

field at Isandhlwana was cased. So complete had been the surprise of the Zulu attack on the British camp, that nobody had an opportunity to uncase the Colors during the battle. All the British (600) and over 2000 Zulu?s were killed at Isandhlwana. The Colors played no role at the battle. Melvill and Coghill who attempted to save the Queen’s Color, and the Queen’s desire to see it afterwards are what raised the debate about the propriety of carrying Colors in modern warfare. T. F. Mills – 1998-01-23 According to the Hutchingson Dictionary of Battles, by Ian V. Hogg, Rorkes’s Drift occurred after the British disaster at Isandhlwana during the Zulu War (Jan 1879). 4000 Zulu?s attacked the farm where a hospital was established. 66 troops of the hospital and 84 troops of the

24th Regiment with a company of native infantry, a chaplain, a surgeon, and Lt. John Chard of the Royal Engineers were stationed. Some survivors from Iandhlwana arrived shortly before the battle, adding to the defenders’ strength. After the native troops fled, Lt. Chard and 140 troops were left to defend the premises. The ensuing attack by the Zulu?s killed 17 and wounded 10; the attackers suffered 400 dead on the field. After retreating, the Zulu?s sat and watched awhile before leaving for good. No mention is made of the colors playing a substantial part in the battle. Web Sites Knight, Ian. (2000, March). Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available: http://www.greenhillbooks.com/booksheets/anatomy_of_the_zulu_army.htm Cope, Nicholas. (2000, March).

Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available: http://www.uni-ulm.de/~rturrell/antho3html/Keegan.html Book Morris, Donald R. The Washing of the Spears. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1965. Bibliography Web Sites Knight, Ian. (2000, March). Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available: http://www.greenhillbooks.com/booksheets/anatomy_of_the_zulu_army.htm Cope, Nicholas. (2000, March). Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available: http://www.uni-ulm.de/~rturrell/antho3html/Keegan.html Book Morris, Donald R. The Washing of the Spears. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1965. Bibliography Web Sites Knight, Ian. (2000, March). Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available:

http://www.greenhillbooks.com/booksheets/anatomy_of_the_zulu_army.htm Cope, Nicholas. (2000, March). Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available: http://www.uni-ulm.de/~rturrell/antho3html/Keegan.html Book Morris, Donald R. The Washing of the Spears. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1965. Bibliography Web Sites Knight, Ian. (2000, March). Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available: http://www.greenhillbooks.com/booksheets/anatomy_of_the_zulu_army.htm Cope, Nicholas. (2000, March). Electronic sources: MLA style of Citation (online). Available: http://www.uni-ulm.de/~rturrell/antho3html/Keegan.html Book Morris, Donald R. The Washing of the Spears. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1965.