Italeri revisits a playset which was already done by ESCI, but to complement the old ESCI figures, the two MDF buildings designed by Warlord Games in his 28mm box for the same topic, are also included here. The same that happened with the Waterloo 200 Year anniversary box.
The box contains:
RORKE ‘S DRIFT SUPPLY DEPOT (MDF)
RORKE ‘S DRIFT HOSPITAL (MDF)
ZULU WARRIORS (96 figures)
BRITISH INFANTRY (40 figures)
STONE WALLS, BRICK WALLS AND SAND BAGS (134 parts)
MDF laser cut with etched details. Please use vinyl glue for assembly
Rorke’s Drift were a British garrison located between the colony of Natal and the Zulu Kingdom. In this location the famous battle between 140 British and colonial troops and more than 4,000 Zulu warriors, led by Prince Dabulamanzi, took place on 22nd and 23rd January 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu War. Substantially Rorke’s Drift was a British outpost formed by several buildings, including a hospital and a supply depot, that the British troops fortified with a defensive perimeters made with every kind of materials including furniture and supplies. The strengthen outpost had to resist to the overwhelming Zulu forces. The Zulus were in fact a formidable enemy in the open fields as they proved during the recent battle of Isandhlwana where they defeated the British Empire troops. At 4 p.m. the Zulu attack against the British fortified perimeter of Rorke’s Drift began. The battle was fierce. The intensive fire of rifles and the close combat with spears and bayonets last many hours. However just before dawn, on 23rd January, the Zulu forces retreated. The outpost of Rorke’s Drift was defended courageously by British troops. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders, along with a number of other decorations and honours
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