1/72 P-506 ESCI Rorke's Drift 1879 Diroama Zulu War Battle
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Rare. An excellent diorama model of the famous defensive action fought by the British against the overwhelming forces of the warrior-king Cetshwago. Includes a very large vacuform display with the house, dozens of Zulu warrior with accessories, dozens of English soldiers and two trees of reinforcement accessories. Never used and inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. Rorke's Drift was a farmhouse that had been transformed into a hospital-depot and it was occupied by about 80 men of Company B of the 24th English Line Regiment and about a hundred or so African reserve troops all under command of Lieutenants Chard and Bromhead. The defenders learned of the massacre at Isandhlwana on January 22, 1879. A few survivors got to Rorke's and warned them, or their fate would have been the same. As 4,000 Zulu warriors charged towards their position, the English decided to fight to the last man and began preparations to hold the spot. They only had about an hour or so - early that afternoon, the Zulu warrior showed up and the battle began. The battle went all afternoon, evening and into the night; there were losses on both sides. At the first light of dawn, the English awaited the final assault, but it never came. The attackers had been decisively weakened and preferred to retreat, leaving the defenders dumbfounded.
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