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      The Battle of Isandlwana: A free talk by Douglas Rattray. in Douglas

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      July 1, 2019

      Monday   7:00 PM

      Central Promenade
      Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 4NA

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      The Battle of Isandlwana: A free talk by Douglas Rattray.

      This talk is given by Douglas Rattray, son of the late David Rattray, and is a free event, hosted by The Sporting & Dining Club. Admission is by ticket, please book yours on the supplied Eventbrite link. In his presentation, Douglas explains the Battle of Isandlwana from both sides: English and Zulu. It highlights the courage of desperate soldiers, and the gallantary of the proud warriors. Our Eurocentric understanding of this titanic clash has, for years, been that of a British blunder. It is high time that we consider this struggle for what it really was: a great Zulu vistory. In support of the Khula Foundation: "Without education, there is no hope; without hope, there is no future." - David Rattray About The Zulu War: On the plains of Isandlwana, Britain suffered the worst of its colonial defeats with the slaughter of 1,200 men in one afternoon on 22 January, 1879. At nearby Rorke's Drift, soldiers fought what is regarded as one of the bravest British battles ever, when one group of 120 troops held firm against 4,000 Zulu warriors. Ordered to defend their small supply base and its tiny hospital, the vastly outnumbered soldiers resisted wave after wave of warriors, so that by dawn the regiment's rifle barrels glowed red hot, in what has become known as Battle of Rorke's Drift. Eleven Victoria Crosses were won - the highest number ever awarded for a single battle. In 1999 a monument to the war - portrayed in the Sixties film, "Zulu", starring Michael Caine - was put up. Arrive: 19h00. Talk starts at 19h30. Dress code is Casual.

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